Arsenal convincingly defeated fellow North London club Tottenham Hotspur in an English Premier League derby match on Sunday. The Gunners scored three goals in quick succession in the opening 45 minutes, undoubtedly their greatest performance since the start of the 2021-22 football season. Their were actually many talking points during the encounter with Tottenham, including Aaron Ramsdale saved that denied Tottenham a second goal.
Emile Smith Rowe was the first to slot in from a square ball received from Bukayo Saka, who attacked from the flanks. After his goal, he ran towards the corner kicked area of the pitch and performed a slide as seen below.
Another goal that had the same celebration was the second goal that Aubameyang scored. Having received a ball from Emile Smith Rowe in the 18-yard box, Aubameyang scored from almost the same position as Smith Rowe did to give Arsenal a two-goal lead. After his goals, he ran to the right hand side of the pitch towards the corner kick area and performed a knee slide, and a special gesture.
The same celebration was also seen once more when Bukayo Saka scored in the 34th minute. After his attempt to feed Aubameyang with a pass was blocked, Bukayo Saka capitalised on the rebound and scored inside the box to ensure Arsenal ended the first half with a 97% chance of securing all three points. The young England international's goal was marked with another sliding celebration by the youngster. But why did all three players celebrate their goals against Tottenham in the same way?
Arsenal's legendary striker, Thierry Henry, was present. The Camara man made a visual of him in the stands applauding a goal scored by mostly Aubameyang. Interestingly, Thierry Henry scored against Tottenham in 2002 and made the same celebration.
One way or the other, the trio of Saka, Smith Rowe, and Aubameyang celebrated not just the goal, but a legend who took the time out to inspire them, knowing what Arsenal had gone through in recent times. It's gestures like this that make the game so appealing, and beautiful.
All Image credit: The Sun and Twitter.
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