Arsenal: Which Van Persie volley this season was better?
Robin Van Persie came to Arsenal's rescue again on Saturday with a fabulous late volley against the Carling Cup winners Liverpool to seal all three points. The strike ensured another crucial win for the Gunners and kept them in the driving seat for a top four finish.
However, that perfectly executed volley was not Van Persie's first such strike of the season. He also won the points for Arsenal against Everton at the Emirates in December with a similar effort. Well, in honour of ITV1 TV Burp star Harry Hill, I liked Henry's volley against Liverpool, but then I also liked his volley against Everton, but which was best? There's only one way to find out . . . let's ask the Arsenal fans and readers of Squarefootball!
Van Persie v Everton
The Gunners hosted Everton as the club marked its 125th birthday and the Dutchman scored a goal worthy of winning any game. The Toffees were frustrating Arsenal and it took a real moment of class from Van Persie to clinch the win. Alex Song spotted the captain pulling off the shoulder of Phil Jagielka and executed a perfectly weighted ball into Van Persie's path, who, without even breaking his stride, stroked the ball in off the post to put the Gunners ahead in sensational fashion.
Van Persie v Liverpool
Alex Song and Van Persie were on the same wavelength again at the weekend as the Dutchman outfoxed Pepe Reina at his near post. Song delivered another inch perfect ball over the top of the Liverpool defence and Van Persie knew exactly what he was doing. Whereas some players would have tried to take it down and score, Van Persie exhumes confidence. He took a quick look at where the Spaniard was then kept his eyes firmly on the ball, before perfectly sidefooting it into the back of the net in front of the travelling Arsenal hoards.
But what was better? Both were winners in crucial games. Both were fantastic volleys. The goal against Everton looked superb as it crashed in off the post, but the technique shown against Liverpool to sidefoot it home from that angle against one of the best keepers in the country was unbelievable.
Of course his greatest volley was arguably that flying strike against Charlton in 2006, but if I had to choose between the efforts at Everton and Liverpool I think I would go for the one against the Toffees because of the significane of that day and Arsenal's plight at the time, but do you agree?
Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you.