Squarefootball's Game of the Season: Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5 or United 1 City 6 - what gets your vote?
The 2011/12 season produced so many great games. Games packed with goals, excitement, shocks and talking points. Games which we we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Just look at the final day at the Etihad. No-one will ever forget that game! But what about Arsenal’s amazing comeback against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge or Manchester City’s demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford? How about Manchester United’s 8-2 drubbing of Arsenal or City’s 5-1 away triumph at White Hart Lane? Do they have the right to be called the Game of the Season?
I asked a straw poll of football fans what they thought was the greatest game this season and, as you would expect, there was a variety of responses.
Chelsea fan Joe Tyler kicks off proceedings and, although his side was on the receiving end of this result, he had to go with Arsenal’s comeback at the Bridge.
“It wasn’t the best game from my point of view but Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5 was a great game for the neutral. It had absolutely everything and was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions for both sets of fans that afternoon.”
This view was echoed by West Brom fan Andy Wakeman.
“Chelsea’s home defeat to Arsenal was remarkable. I don’t think I am alone in enjoying seeing John Terry being made to look the absolute donkey that he is. Albion’s 5-1 demolition of Wolves was also a personal highlight.”
Another amazing comeback, this time at Old Trafford, received a number of votes from our poll. Everton blew the title race wide open with their late fightback against the Red Devils. United were 4-2 up and had the title in their own hands, then Jelavic and Pienaar popped up to give City the advantage. Birmingham City fan and Squarefootball writer Steve Coulter believes that was the Game of the Season by far.
“What a comeback that was by Moyes’s boys. Not too many sides come from two goals down at Old Trafford.”
That view is shared by fellow Squarefootball writer and West Ham United fan Mitch Waddon.
“This game had it all. Excitement, shocks, twists and turns and everything on the line. Mesmerising attacking football from both teams and completely unpredictable.”
However Bolton Wanderers fan Dave Blackburn has gone for an alternative eight-goal thriller.
“This may sound a surprise choice, but anything with plenty of goals is a good game usually and I would have to go for the Swansea 4 Wolves 4 game. No-one expected that result – what a great game.”
Tottenham fan Mike Richards, who was involved in two huge games with Manchester City this season, insists there is only one winner of this category. Unsurprisingly it involves his nearest and dearest Arsenal being taught a footballing lesson at the Theatre of Dreams.
“Personally it has to be Man United 8 Gooners 2. There’s nothing better than seeing Arsenal being taken to the cleaners. It also cheered up all us Spurs fans after losing 5-1 to Manchester City earlier that same afternoon.”
Keeping with fans being loyal to their teams, Manchester City fan Callum Rothwell couldn’t pick anything other than City’s astonishing 6-1 win at Old Trafford, neither could Leeds United fan Phil Bundy.
However, Sunderland fan Tony Ratton gives his praise to Norwich City for not giving up against Arsenal at the Emirates recently.
“Game of the season had to be Arsenal 3 Norwich 3. That was an end-to-end thriller which could have gone either way. Norwich deserve great credit for their efforts that day.”
But Squarefootball editor Antony Melvin believes the greatest game of the season came in the Champions League as 10-man Chelsea held on in the Nou Camp to book their place in the Champions League final against all the odds.
“There have been so many great games this season, but Chelsea's 2-2 draw at Barcelona was astonishing for a largely error free game, something that is rare in England.”
Personally there have been so many wonderful games it’s hard to know where to start. City’s 6-1 win at Old Trafford made everyone stand up and take notice, whereas Arsenal’s 5-3 win at the Bridge was just a crazy day of football. West Brom’s annihilation of Wolves was also up there – they could have got into double figures that day – but my game of the season has to be Manchester City 3 QPR 2. What an amazing end to an amazing season.
But that’s what we think. What game gets your vote? Whatever your view, we’d love to hear from you.