On transfer deadline day in August 2015, Manchester United paid big money to sign Frenchman Anthony Martial from AS Monaco. Once all the instalments eventually go through on the deal, Martial will become the most expensive teenager of all-time.
He started on the bench for his debut match. Manchester United welcomed arch-enemies in Liverpool FC to Old Trafford and the first half was a drab affair between two teams who had both seen better days. Martial was introduced to the game at half-time and made a solid impression to start with as United went into a 2-0 lead through goals from Daley Blind and Ander Herrera. The visitors’ were back in the game through a wonderful goal of their own by Christian Benteke before Martial’s magical moment.
From the wide position, he cuts inside, teasing and scaring the life out of Martin Skrtel. Martial beats the big Slovakian and then produces the perfect finish, not only securing United’s victory but immediately becoming a fan favourite. Welcome to the Premier League Anthony Martial!
On the final day of the 1993-1994 campaign, only a win would definitely keep Everton in the top-flight and they got into a grim situation against in-form Wimbledon, trailing 2-0 inside 20 minutes.
Graham Stuart had pulled a goal back via the penalty spot but the situation was still not looking good for Mike Walker’s side. They needed a goal from somewhere, anywhere and what they got was something out of the ordinary.
Welshman Barry Horne was not a prolific goalscorer. In fact, he only scored three goals in his entire Everton career so this was some way to make his mark. Receiving possession in the middle of the park, the ferocious ball-winner decided to try his luck from 30-yards out. The ball smashed into the back of the net. Hans Segers received criticism for the Everton winner that day but he could do nothing about this. It was a fine goal and just what the club needed. Stuart got the winning goal but had it not been for Horne’s strike, the club would have been relegated.
Going into the opening day of the 2000-2001 campaign, Chelsea are on a high after dismissing Manchester United in the Charity Shield. Their first game of the season was against London rivals West Ham United.
Mario Stanic was a new summer arrival at Stamford Bridge and keen to make an impression on the home crowd. This was some way to make it. Collecting possession, the midfielder does a bit of juggling in some space, teeing the ball up perfectly to connect with the sweetest dipping volley. Shaka Hislop gets nowhere near it and the Blues have a new hero.
Chelsea won the game 4-2 but finished a slightly underwhelming sixth in the final standings thanks to a poor away record. Injuries caught up with Stanic and he was forced to retire from playing in 2004 but this is a moment Chelsea fans will never forget.
The Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer has scored a range of fine goals over the years from a variety of angles in many different methods. Alan Shearer was the main man at Newcastle United and this was one of his very best.
Trailing 1-0 to Everton with just four minutes remaining, it looks like the Magpies’ have run out of ideas. They started playing long balls to substitute Shola Ameobi. His aerial presence meant he was able to knock the ball down to Shearer. Sitting up nicely for the no.9 striker, he took a chance and smashed an unstoppable volley into the Everton goal.
Craig Bellamy completed the turnaround and Newcastle won the match 2-1. The comeback though was inspired by Shearer’s stunner.
Liverpool FC travelled to Watford needing three points to keep themselves in control of their own destiny in the fight to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Things didn’t go to plan early on for the visitors. Jurgen Klopp’s side lost Philippe Coutinho to a knock early in the first half. With the game petering out to a goalless conclusion at half-time, something special happens at Vicarage Road.
Lucas Leiva chips the ball into the box. It is slightly behind German midfielder Emre Can. He decides to attempt the spectacular from the 18-yard box and it comes off; a beautifully-judged overhead kick that flies into the top corner. Heurelho Gomes could only stand and watch; beaten by undoubtedly the best goal Can has ever scored.
Liverpool FC won the game 1-0 and it needed something of world-class ability to take the three points. Can delivered the goods and it was a crucial goal ultimately in the club’s quest to return to the forefront of European club football.
Paul Konchesky is a West Ham United fanatic and he got the opportunity to play for the club for two seasons, even scoring in the FA Cup ‘Gerrard Final’ of 2006.
He moved to Fulham in the summer of 2007 and whilst the left-back didn’t score many, they were often very good goals. In this London derby back at Upton Park, he tried his luck from distance and his attempt paid off.
Given acres of room on the left-hand side, Konchesky was invited to drive into the West Ham half. From around 35-yards out, he launched an unstoppable shot that flies past Robert Green into the net and drew the visitors’ level with their first meaningful attack of the match. West Ham went onto win the match 3-1 but Fulham scored the Goal of the Day by some distance.
Half-an-hour into the west London derby at Craven Cottage and the game between Fulham and Chelsea needs something special to ignite proceedings. Step forward the often much-maligned David Luiz.
The Brazilian has plenty of power in his game. This goal was all about power. Eden Hazard plays the ball across the pitch to Luiz, who isn’t closed down by Fulham defenders. Therefore, the Brazilian decides to try his luck. He catches the strike simply perfectly. The ball flies into the top corner past a helpless Mark Schwarzer, who would become Luiz’s teammate a season later.
Chelsea won the game 3-0 and ended the season with a European trophy under the interim guidance of Rafa Benitez.
The 2007-2008 season was all about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese player has gone onto great and glorious things with Real Madrid but his legend was created in Manchester.
Against Portsmouth, he was at his absolute finest. He’d already scored early on to put the Red Devils’ infront. 12 minutes in, United won a free-kick which Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney stood over. There was only ever going to be one contender to take this and it wasn’t Rooney.
Ronaldo revolutionised the way a free-kick can be dispatched. He took a few strides back, then managed to get sensational power and pace onto the ball from 30-yards out and it flew into the net leaving David James looking bemused.
It was his 27th of his 42 goals in all competitions for the season and quite possibly, the very best.
Voted as Goal of the Season by viewers of ITV’s ‘The Premiership’ during the 2002-2003 season, this was Thierry Henry at his absolute best as Tottenham couldn’t live with him in the North London Derby.
Just over 15 minutes had been played when Henry controlled the ball inside his own half and turned past Matthew Etherington. The Frenchman started running away from Etherington and burst past the centre circle. He had options in Dennis Bergkamp and Sylvain Wiltord but Henry only had one thing on his mind and that was to score.
Drifting away from Stephen Carr and Ledley King, Henry found the space to shoot and beat Kasey Keller to complete one of the greatest solo goals we’ve seen in this classic rivalry. He promptly completed his long-distance run with a long-distance celebration back to his own half to celebrate with the Gunners’ supporters.
Arsenal won 3-0 in a period when they were the class of north London.
This will go down as one of the best team goals as Arsenal toyed with their opponents in a 4-1 victory.
The move begins with Jack Wilshere taking possession from inside his own half. The move continues at fast speed with Santi Cazorla driving at the frightened Norwich defenders. Cazorla, Wilshere and Olivier Giroud then combine with some incisive and clever one-touch play before Giroud plays Wilshere in. To complete the move, he provides the one-touch finish past John Ruddy. It was a joy to watch and winner of the BBC Goal of the Season Award for the 2013-2014 season.
Wilshere’s career has been dogged by injury but when fit; this is what he is capable of.
The 1996-1997 season would be Eric Cantona’s final campaign as a professional footballer. The Manchester United skipper was a genius on-the-pitch and against Sunderland, he showed why he had so many adoring fans.
United were already cruising to victory against the newly-promoted Black Cats when the Frenchman produced another sublime piece of quality. Receiving possession from just inside the halfway line, Cantona beats two defenders and sets off towards the Sunderland goal. He exchanges passes with Brian McClair before receiving possession back and going for the cheeky finish.
Spotting Lionel Perez off his line, the talismanic forward chips the ball over Perez and into the net off the post. He then just stands in an iconic celebration to take in the acclaim of the crowd of Old Trafford who received a pre-xmas gift of class and coolness.
Manchester United won the game 5-0 and whilst they won their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, Sunderland were relegated on the final day.
This move begins in the typical Stoke City style under the Tony Pulis reign at the club. Asmir Begovic takes a goal-kick which is hit long towards the attackers. The rest is all about supreme skill from a player who has often been underrated at this level.
Peter Crouch wins the initial header and plays a bit of head tennis with a teammate. He then launches a spectacular shot from the edge of the penalty area that flies into the net. England no.1 goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a token dive but is getting nowhere near it. It is a wonderful goal which helps Stoke to take a point off the eventual champions.
Crouch has now surpassed 100 goals in Premier League history. His goals have often been classic headers but this was an example that his game is not all about one aspect.