As top Premier League goals go, Thierry Henry’s strike for Arsenal against Manchester United in October 2000 is up there with the very best.
With his back to goal, Henry collected the ball on the edge of the edge of the Man United box before swivelling and unleashing a perfect volley past the helpless Fabian Barthez.
It’s a goal that would take some effort and a large amount of skill and luck to replicate, but BT Sports and Santi Carzorla were up to the challenge as the player took a quick break from training.
For their “Goals Recreated” series, BT enlist players (former and current) and get them to attempt to recreate famous strikes of the past, and this week it was Cazorla’s turn to try and replicate a classic.
With the help of teammate Granit Xhaka, Cazorla would get four attempts to match Henry’s strike. The first try didn’t quite go to plan, but the second…
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Cazorla collects the ball from Xhaka, turns, and sends the volley over the goalkeeper brilliantly.
Of course, it would be entirely different in a match situation, when Cazorla would have to deal with real defenders as opposed to red 2D training aids, plus the added pressure of competitive action. (In fact, given Cazorla hasn’t scored a non-penalty goal for Arsenal since December 2014, scoring at all from open play would be something of an unusual occurrence for the 31-year-old)
Nonetheless, it was an impressive strike from a player enjoying a good run of form this season having returned to full fitness.