Arsenal were victorious in an outstanding Premier League match on Sunday afternoon after Danny Welbeck, playing for the first time in 9 months, leaped to slide a header past Kasper Schmeichel and condemn Leicester to their third defeat of the season (Two of those to Arsenal). The goal closed the gap to two points and means we have some tremendous excitement to look forward to over the next three months. It also confirmed Arsenal as the king of the injury time goal in the Premier League as it was their 100th such goal (and ninth injury time goal against Leicester), the first team to that total. Here Jabu picks ten of his favourite injury time goals from the Gunners:
10 September 1995 – Ian Wright vs. Man City (1-0)
Arsenal won with an extremely late goal from Ian Wright, diving very low in the 6 yard box to connect with a cross whipped in from the right wing by Dennis Bergkamp. The match was a dour and uninspiring encounter. The four central defenders were excellent, but apart from that there was nothing to cheer about for either set of fans till Wright snuck in for the winner. Importantly it saved Arsenal from a fourth draw in the opening five games.
3 May 2000 – Emmanuel Petit vs. West Ham United (2-1)
Arsenal were in dominant mood, but were extremely wasteful and somehow found themselves trailing at half-time. But in the second half Arsenal had a renewed sense of purpose. It did however take until the 70th minute for Marc Overmars to pull level. After immense pressure and some great chances missed Petit finally grabbed all the important winner in the second minute of injury time. The French midfielder fired in an unstoppable drive which deflected off Stimac past Bywater into the corner of the net.
9 December 2001 – Thierry Henry vs. Aston Villa (3-2)
The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down at half time after Villa had put on a classic counter-attacking performance. Prompted by the busy Lee Hendrie, Villa looked in control following goals from Gunners legend Paul Merson and Steve Stone. But Arsenal were sensational after the interval and piled forward relentlessly. Wiltord pulled a goal back with a sharp volley early on before Henry struck his two goals. The second of which came in the last-minute, Henry was played through by Pires and drew Villa’s keeper before sliding the ball wide of him.
21 January 2007 – Thierry Henry vs. Manchester United (2-1)
Wayne Rooney had put the run away league leaders ahead with a great header and United looked to further nail the coffin that was Arsenal’s title challenge. With the minutes ticking away Robin van Persie finished the equaliser after great work by Tomas Rosicky and a miscue from Thierry Henry, and broke his foot in the process. Henry would not fluff his lines on the second opportunity and Eboue delivered the type of cross that Mesut Ozil would be proud of, Henry leaped, time stood still, Henry scored, I hugged a stranger, I sent my brothers glasses flying across a hall, Arsenal won.
3 November 2007 – William Gallas vs. Mancester United (2-2)
2008 will always be remembered as the season the Gunners should have won the title. A horrendous leg break of Eduardo da Silva and the dismal following four games meant the Gunners fell narrowly short. But early in the season things were different. Arsenal had dropped just 4 points out of the opening 30. United led through a Gallas own goal, Arsenal levelled through Fabregas. With just 8 minutes remaining Evra set up Ronaldo and The hosts were staring at their first defeat this season before their captain, William Gallas, slammed home a volley at the far post with seconds left. It was batted out by Edwin van der Sar but the assistant referee rightly ruled the ball was well behind the Manchester United goal-line. Fergie got Wenger’ed in Fergie Time.
27 February 2010 – Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen vs. Stoke City (3-1)
This was the came that Shawcross ruined a large part of Aaron Ramsey’s career with one of the worst tackles you will see in football. Arsenal responded to the emotional occasion with maturity that surprised many. Stoke held on doggedly but ultimately the Gunners managed a win for their Welshman. Fabregas and Vermaelen both netted in injury time, the only time Arsenal have scored two Premier League injury time goals in the same game, sending an incensed away supporter group into a mad frenzy. Considering the difficulty Arsenal have at Stoke-on-Trent, this was a mammoth game and some mammoth injury time goals.
13 March 2010 – Nicklas Bendtner vs. Hull City (2-1)
Just a couple of weeks later and it looked like Arsenal’s title challenge would again falter, but in big moments you need big players and no ones own opinion of themselves is bigger than the great Dane. Arsenal peppered in 18 shots at goal but would have to wait until the 95th minute when the winner finally arrived in injury time when Hull keeper Boaz Myhill punched out Denilson’s drive to Bendtner.
11 February 2012 – Thierry Henry vs. Sunderland (2-1)
The legend had returned to the club for a short second spell and had proved pivotal in scoring a winner against Leeds, but it was arguably his last ever goal for Arsenal, coming in his last ever minute for the Gunners that is one of the best and most important. Sunderland were in superb form under Martin O’Neill and after Aaron Ramsey had equalised from James McClean the game was headed for a draw. Instead in the dying seconds of injury time Henry popped up to seal the winner with his 229th goal for Arsenal and put the Gunners into the top four for the first time that season.
12 March 2012 – Thomas Vermaelen vs. Newcastle United (2-1)
Monday night football often produces some incredible scenes but none more so than in March 2012. Arsenal trailed early to Ben Arfa but equalised in less than a minute. They then had to endure the most obvious and disrespectful time-wasting in the history of the game by Tim Krul, who only received a booking for an altercation with van Persie as Howard Webb underlined his inability to discipline appropriately. Nevertheless there were five minutes of stoppage time signalled and Arsenal used it effectively to get a deserved winner. The goal came through Vermaelen stealing in at the far post to bundle a close-range effort past Krul and give Arsenal great joy to see the time waster now try to speed up the game. Tool.
18 October 2014 – Danny Welbeck vs. Hull City (2-2)
Danny Welbeck has actually done it before. Just a couple of months after the Gunners had fought from behind to win the FA Cup Final against Hull City, they had to do it again. After an Alexis goal Arsenal trailed 2-1 (one exceptionally dodgy goal for Diame had raised the irritation levels pretty high at Emirates) going into the closing stages. Arsenal laid siege setting 25 shots at goal and finally the pressure told in injury time as Alexis fed Welbeck, and the England international slotted into the far corner to the relief of the home fans.
Which are your favourite Injury-Time goals for the Gunners?