From Giroud's scorpion to Henry's stunning return - Arsenal's greatest ever Emirates goals

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The Gunners have scored some sensational goals at their new ground since 2006 - but which were the best? GOAL selects the top 20

The Emirates Stadium has been Arsenal’s home for 16 years now.

There have been plenty of highs and some real lows since the Gunners left Highbury behind in 2006.

The Premier League title may have alluded Arsenal since their short trip across Islington, but one thing that has not been in short supply is sensational goals.

GOAL has picked out 20 of the best Arsenal have scored since making the move to their new home...

  1. Gilberto Silva vs Aston Villa, 2006

    Gilberto Silva vs Aston Villa, 2006

    This may not have been the most spectacular goal, but it is one that’s gone down in history.

    Arsenal were trailing 1-0 to Aston Villa when Theo Walcott’s cross bounced into the path of Gilberto Silva at the back post.

    The midfielder took aim and drilled a thumping finish into the top corner, scoring the Gunners' first-ever competitive goal at Arsenal’s new home on the opening day of the 2006-07 season.

    A goal that will never be forgotten.

  2. Eduardo vs Burnley, 2009
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    Eduardo vs Burnley, 2009

    This was Eduardo at his finest. Arsenal’s masterful finisher, doing what he always did best.

    When watching in real time, most people - either in the stadium or at home - were initially unaware of just how good this goal was.

    It wasn’t until the reply showed just how exquisite Eduardo's deft outside of the foot volley was that they realised how special a goal they had just witnessed.

  3. Thierry Henry vs Leeds, 2012

    Thierry Henry vs Leeds, 2012

    "He may be cast in bronze, but he's still capable of producing truly golden moments."

    A goal that no Arsenal fan will ever forget.

    Thierry Henry had just come off the bench for his second Arsenal debut following his loan move back to the club from New York Red Bulls in 2012 when Alex Song found him with a pass.

    The legendary Frenchman took a touch and placed a trademark finish into the far corner to create a truly spine-tingling moment.

    Henry couldn’t control himself in the celebrations that followed and nor could anyone who was lucky enough to be inside Emirates Stadium.

    A truly magical goal.

  4. Robin van Persie vs Everton, 2011

    Robin van Persie vs Everton, 2011

    This was Van Persie at his very best.

    He and Alex Song formed a formidable understanding during the 2011-12 season and this goal was the perfect example.

    In what had been an otherwise drab game, the pair combined to devastating impact to score the goal that won Arsenal the game.

    Song’s ball over the top was excellent, but the left-footed volley from Van Persie, without breaking stride, was simply sensational.

  5. Thierry Henry vs Manchester United, 2007

    Thierry Henry vs Manchester United, 2007

    The Emirates’ first massive moment.

    This was Manchester United’s first visit to the new stadium and they looked set to claim a 1-0 win when Wayne Rooney gave them a late lead.

    But Robin van Persie equalised and then, deep into stoppage time, Emanuel Eboue crossed for Henry to head home a dramatic late winner.

    It was a goal that sparked celebrations that had never been seen before at Arsenal’s new ground.

  6. Lucas Torreira vs Tottenham, 2018

    Lucas Torreira vs Tottenham, 2018

    A goal and a celebration that will live long in the memory of everyone who was at the Emirates.

    This was the final goal of a pulsating north London derby, which saw Arsenal strike three times in the second half to overturn a 2-1 deficit at the interval.

    Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette had already sent the Emirates into raptures before Torreira raced through and thumped a fine finish past Hugo Lloris to make it 4-2.

    It was a goal that was met by bedlam in the stands and is one of the stand out moments of recent years at Arsenal’s home ground.

  7. Cesc Fabregas vs Tottenham, 2009

    Cesc Fabregas vs Tottenham, 2009

    Another North London Derby strike.

    Arsenal had just opened the scoring through Robin van Persie four minutes before half-time.

    Tottenham restarted the game, only for Cesc Fabregas to win the ball back straight from the kick-off.

    The Spaniard ran from the halfway line, rode a couple of challenges, skipped past Ledley King and fired a low finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.


  8. Andrey Arshavin vs Barcelona, 2011

    Andrey Arshavin vs Barcelona, 2011

    The greatest moment the Emirates has witnessed? Many will say, yes.

    A truly magical night in north London when Arsenal fought back from a goal behind to beat Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona side.

    Robin van Persie had made it 1-1 before a rapid counterattack saw Cesc Fabregas send Samir Nasri away down the right.

    The French attacker raced into the box, took his time and then picked out the onrushing Andrey Arshavin with the perfect cut back.

    Every Arsenal fan knows what happened next.


  9. Danny Welbeck vs Leicester City, 2016

    Danny Welbeck vs Leicester City, 2016

    Perhaps the only goal that can rival Arshavin’s against Barcelona.

    Arsenal were locked at 1-1 against Premier League leaders Leicester City deep into injury time at Emirates Stadium when they won a free-kick near the box.

    Mesut Ozil clipped it in and there was Welbeck - making his first appearance in about a year - to glance it into the corner with a perfect header.

    The celebrations nearly blew the roof off, with every Arsenal fan inside the stadium convinced it could be the goal that would send them on their way to a title win.

    Unfortunately, a dismal defeat at Manchester United in the game that followed soon brought the Gunners back down to earth with a bump.

  10. Mathieu Flamini vs Newcastle, 2008

    Mathieu Flamini vs Newcastle, 2008

    Flamini was not a player known for his goalscoring exploits during his Arsenal career, but he did pull out something spectacular every now and again.

    None more so than against Newcastle in 2008 when he scored an absolute stunner in a 3-0 win.

    There looked to be very little on when Flamini received the ball from Cesc Fabregas 30 yards from goal.

    But he took a touch and let fly with a sensational strike which arrowed into the top corner, giving Shay Given no chance.

  11. Aaron Ramsey vs Liverpool, 2013

    Aaron Ramsey vs Liverpool, 2013

    Another sensational strike from distance.

    Arsenal had started the 2013-14 season in fine fashion, with Aaron Ramsey in superb form.

    And it was the Wales International who stole the show against Liverpool in 2013 to seal a fine 2-0 win which moved Arsene Wenger's side five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

    Ramsey was picked out by Mesut Ozil about 25 yards from goal and after cushioning the ball perfectly, he smashed an unstoppable half volley which flashed past Simon Mignolet and picked out the top corner.

  12. Olivier Giroud vs Crystal Palace, 2017

    Olivier Giroud vs Crystal Palace, 2017

    A goal that was so good it won the Puskas Award, and what a way this was the open up 2017.

    Arsenal were at their free-flowing best when they met Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day at the Emirates.

    A rapid counterattack which started on the edge of their own box saw Hector Bellerin, Olivier Giroud, Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck all combine to send Alexis Sanchez away down the left.

    When the Chilean got towards the edge of the box, Sanchez clipped in a cross that was a fraction behind the onrushing Giroud.

    But the France international produced his now iconic scorpion kick, flicking the ball over his shoulder and in off the crossbar in truly spectacular style.

  13. Pierre-Emerck Aubameyang vs Leicester City, 2018

    Pierre-Emerck Aubameyang vs Leicester City, 2018

    Aubameyang may have got the final touch, but this goal was all about the genius of Mesut Ozil.

    The German produced a masterclass during this 3-1 win in 2018 and his involvement in this goal was the perfect example of his technique and visionary.

    From the flick to find Matteo Guendouzi to his step over which left the Leicester defence all at sea on the edge of their own box, this was Ozil at his very best.

    Lacazette then played the ball back to Ozil who had carried on his run, and he then produced a wonderful flick over Kasper Schmeichel, which gave Aubameyang a tap in.

  14. Cesc Fabregas vs Slavia Prague, 2007

    Cesc Fabregas vs Slavia Prague, 2007

    From one end of the pitch to the other in the blink of an eye.

    Arsenal played some of the best football the Emirates has ever seen during the 2007-08 season, and this goal encapsulated everything about Arsene Wenger’s young side at that time.

    Alexander Hleb raced away from deep inside his own half before finding Emmanuel Adebayor.

    The Gunners striker jinked inside his man and swept the ball out to The Walcott, who in turn produced a perfectly cushioned first time pass into the path of Cesc Fabregas.

    Fabregas didn’t even have to break stride as he took the ball on and placed a perfect finish into the corner to help a rampant Arsenal side crush Slava Prague 7-0 in the Champions League.

  15. Samir Nasri vs Porto, 2010

    Samir Nasri vs Porto, 2010

    A solo goal of real quality from Samir Nasri.

    Arsenal went into the Champions League last-16 second leg trailing 2-1 to Porto after the first leg in Portugal, but breezed into the quarter-finals thanks to a 5-0 home win.

    Nicklas Bendtner scored a hat-trick, but it was Nasri’s incredible strike that stole the show.

    The Frenchman waltzed into the Porto area, beating three defenders before thumping an excellent finish in off the far post from an incredible tight angle.

  16. Jack Wilshere vs Norwich, 2013

    Jack Wilshere vs Norwich, 2013

    The 2013-14 Premier League Goal of the Season.

    A goal many would describe as the best the Emirates has ever seen. Wenger-ball at its very best.

    There was short passing, one-touch football, exquisite flicks and a perfect side-foot volley finish as Norwich were sliced apart by the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.

    It was Wilshere who finished off the move, scoring a goal that will go down in Arsenal folklore.

  17. Abou Diaby vs Derby, 2007

    Abou Diaby vs Derby, 2007

    What a talent!

    How good Abou Diaby would have become without the injuries will always be one of the big ‘what ifs’ in football.

    The French midfielder was outrageously talented, and he showcased his qualities with this magnificent goal against Derby in 2007.

    Receiving the ball out on the left from Cesc Fabregas, Diaby jinked inside and skipped past a couple of Derby players.

    He then let fly with a quite outrageous strike which went like a blur before the ball fizzed into the top corner from 25 yards.

    An absolute thunderbolt.

  18. Theo Walcott vs Newcastle, 2012

    Theo Walcott vs Newcastle, 2012

    A brilliant goal to cap a brilliant hat-trick.

    Theo Walcott had run Newcastle ragged when he capped his excellent display with this superb strike.

    Coming in from the touchline, it looked like Walcott had won a penalty when he appeared to be tripped in the box.

    But as everyone waited for a decision, Walcott picked himself up in one quick movement, carried on his run and lifted a superb finish over the keeper and into the net.

  19. Tomas Rosicky vs Sunderland, 2014

    Tomas Rosicky vs Sunderland, 2014

    Another wonderful team move.

    Santi Cazorla, Rosicky and Jack Wilshere were all involved as Arsenal ripped the Sunderland defence apart with crisp, one-touch passing.

    The move ended with a one-two on the edge of the box between Rosicky and Olivier Giroud, with the former clipping a finish over Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone.

    Yet another Wenger-ball classic.

  20. Bacary Sagna vs Tottenham, 2012

    Bacary Sagna vs Tottenham, 2012

    A goal that was far from spectacular, but one that Arsenal fans will always remember fondly.

    Down 2-0 at home to Tottenham, Arsene Wenger’s side were staring at a demoralising North London Derby defeat.

    But Bacary Sagna had other ideas, and his determination to get up into the box and power home this stunning header from Mikel Arteta’s cross was the catalyst for one of the great Arsenal comebacks.

    They had drawn level within a couple of minutes and went on to win a memorable contest 5-2.

    It’s a game that is still celebrated today and Sagna’s header was the moment that started it all.