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Arsenal score two wonder goals – but which was the best?

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What constitutes a wonder goal? On Saturday we saw two different interpretations from Arsenal, both audacious in their inception and brilliant in their execution.

The Gunners came out 4-1 winners against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium and although Mesut Ozil scored twice to continue his impressive impact on English football, it was the strikes by Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey that generated such excitement.

The first was undoubtedly the best team goal seen in the Premier League this season – and possibly in any other year – while the second was a thrilling solo effort.

But which was better? And is it possible to compare the two?

1. The stunning team goal finished off by Wilshere

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Wilshere picked up possession deep in his own half after 18 minutes and carried the ball forward unopposed before Arsenal worked the ball wide to Santi Cazorla. He laid the ball back a few yards to Wilshere, who took a touch and then prodded a return pass to the Spaniard with the toe of his boot.

Cazorla played a first-time pass to Giroud, who with the outside of his boot flicked it straight to Wilshere, who had continued his run. Just 20 yards from goal, Wilshere controlled the bouncing ball with his raised leg, flicking it back to Giroud with a first touch of his own.

Rather incredibly, as Wilshere continued his run past the striker to beat the offside trap, Giroud executed another sumptuous first touch to flick a half-volley round the corner to find Wilshere, who in turn slotted the ball home on the volley.

Arsene Wenger later said it was one of the best goals he has ever seen at Arsenal.

"It was certainly one of the best [Arsenal] goals, one that I enjoyed the most as well because it was a team goal," said the beaming Frenchman. "It had combinations and the speed which you always like your team to play with, unfortunately it doesn't happen always. It was a great goal. I think we have scored some good goals this season already. All the goals were great, but the first was exceptional because it was improvised, combination play."

2. Ramsey's solo effort

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The Welshman is having a quite remarkable season and a player not previously known for his potency in front of goal claimed his 11th for club and country in only 15 outings, and by some distance his best this or any other season.

Arsenal were already leading 2-1 when Ramsey demanded the ball from Wilshere in the box after 83 minutes. Faced with a wall of three Norwich players, he whipped the ball past the sliding Johnny Howson and away from Michael Turner in one swift movement.

After taking two defenders out of the game, he made it three when cutting back the other way and dragging the ball past Sebastien Bassong before firing a brilliant effort past John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

As he left two Norwich players on their bums, Ramsey’s wonderful twists and turns called to mind the famous quote about Ferenc Puskas making Billy Wright look like “a fireman racing to the wrong fire” as he took him out of a 6-3 win over England at Wembley with a drag-back.

So, which wonder goal did you think was the best? The team concerto or the solo masterpiece? Let us know in the comments section below.

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