Martin Skrtel scored a goal that would have ranked somewhere near the top of the Richter Scale against Arsenal yesterday as his header rescued them a point.
Already bloodied from a stud wound that required long treatment, Skrtel sent a rocket of a header into the bottom corner to continue his love affair with the Gunners, following a double against them last season.
There’s nothing better than a simple yet destructive headed goal, something that is quintessentially associated with the game we love in the world’s best league, so here are five of our favourites!
5) Thierry Henry v Man United
A man renowned for not scoring goals with his head, Henry thumped home a fantastic header as Arsenal beat Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. The execution was superb, but the timing was the major factor as the goal secured a 2-1 win for the Gunners in the 93rd minute.
4) Luis Suarez v West Brom
A sweet, beautifully timed and well-placed header from one of the most loathed players in world football, Luis Suarez’s scintillating play often gets overlooked. He’s a loss for the Premier League in terms of his ability, as shown by this rocket of a header from 18 yards, but he was probably trying to bite it!
3) Javier Hernandez v Stoke
Like Tim Cahill, Javier Hernandez proved that height doesn’t matter so much in terms of being able to head a ball into the back of the net. Like a Mexican jumping bean, Hernandez rose well, but the backwards flick that diverted it goalwards is something as extraordinary and mesmerising as wanting to be known as ‘The Little Pea’.
2) Martin Skrtel v Arsenal
Here is Skrtel’s strike – for the simplicity of a set-piece goal, the power of the run and finish makes it one of the all-time great headers. Flicks and glances are neat, but thundering one into the bottom corner in the 92nd minute takes some beating!
1) Vincent Kompany v Man United
This header swung the title race around and into City’s favour, although they did almost balls it up at one point. Kompany’s brilliant header typified a man dragging his team towards a first Premier League title, and although Edin Dzeko and Agueroooooo finished the business, Kompany’s fantastic, momentum shifting header should not be forgotten (neither should the celebration!)