Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Denilson's Curling Upper V Strike

One of three goals I'm featuring from Arsenal's 6 - 1 opening game stomp of Everton at Goodison Park. This strike by Brazilian talent Denilson opened up the flood gates on American Goalkeeper Tim Howard. Despite Everton's horrendous defending throughout the game, nothing could be done about this strike.

Arsenal's patience on the ball is rewarded immediately when space is found on the top of the box. Nicklas Bendtner finds space by beating a defender and lines a pass to captain Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas, a dangerous world class player draws the attention of five defenders immediately when the ball reaches his feet. Three Everton defenders rush Fabregas. Quickly, Fabregas lays the ball to the wide open space at the top of the box vacated by an incoming defender.

Denilson hits the ball with a full leg as the window is opened by Fabregas. Denilson follows through the entire kick and lands on his kicking foot. This ensures that his entire momentum is directed towards the top corner. Howard can only swipe a handful of air as he too is one full step behind the entire play.

Everton v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League, Goodison Park
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Everton 1 - 6 Arsenal

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