Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has named Santi Cazorla’s strike against Hull City in the FA Cup final last season as his favourite ever free-kick goal at the club.
In a feature on the club’s official website, the boss was asked his favourite dead ball strike and the fact that he chose Cazorla’s was quite telling.
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Wenger cited its importance, given the fact that 2-0 down and arguably the game which could’ve ended the boss’ reign at the club. He was out of contract last summer and deliberately delayed the decision on his contract extension until after the final, a different outcome may have seen another manager sitting in our dugout.
“It was a very difficult one, because it was from a long way out and psychologically at a very important point of the game. We were 2-0 down and that free-kick brought us back into the game.
“It was a trophy that we needed absolutely to win. It was a combination of difficult technical circumstance and difficult psychological circumstance. Together he got it all right and I think it will stay forever in the minds of our fans.”
As we head to Monaco in a game where we need a minimum of three goals, the Arsenal players have a chance to make further history.
Wenger will no doubt be looking at the likes of Cazorla and co to help produce moments of magic in order to guide us to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.