Arsene Wenger has praised Tomas Rosicky’s stunning first minute strike against the Spuds, and feels it will hold a position in his collection of “great goals”.
The Czech international lashed an emphatic right footed shot into the roof of Hugo Lloris’ net after a neat 1-2 interchange with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and it resulted in a vital 1-0 win for the Gunners.
Wenger has witnessed many stunning goals this season, let alone in his managerial career at Arsenal, and he feels Rosicky’s pure blooded rocket will rank among some of the best he’s seen.
The Arsenal boss told reporters after their decisive win:
It will go in my collection of great goals. I told Tomas that because first of all he’s not a typical goalscorer and he surprised everybody. He had not even time to realise what he was doing and it was in the back of the net. It was an unbelievable goal.
[on whether the goal was in his top five] I don’t know. My memory is not big enough to collect just goal but it’s one of the top goals that we’ve scored this season.
Both sides were under immense pressure to win the fixture with the Gunners starting to slip out of the title race, while the Spuds needed a boost to get back into top four contention.
Wenger admits the result was massive and after dealing with waves of attacks from their north London rivals, a solid and resolute defensive performance earned the Gunners all three points.
Reflecting on the win, the Frenchman said:
It is a huge result. We were under pressure to win before the game because of course it was a very important game. After that it was a mixture, our early goal a little bit influenced too much the way we played because we missed the second goal and after that we wanted to protect the lead.
Sometimes we were under pressure, Tottenham played well you must say. For me they were absolutely up for it and we needed some special resilience to get away with it. As long as we didn’t score the second goal of course it was a very tight game. But in the end for us it’s three massive points.
With a trip to Stamford Bridge next on the agenda, Arsenal have a real shot at reclaiming momentum in the title race.
A massive goal from Rosicky, hugely impressive resilience from the backline and a big boost for the tail end of the campaign.