Arsenal's top 10 goals of the 2023/24 season - ranked

  • Martin Odegaard, Kai Havertz and Bukayo Saka feature heavily in the ranking of Arsenal's top 10 goals from the 2023/24 season
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3. Bukayo Saka vs Bayern Munich (H)

Having a scrappy(ish) goal as high as third may seem like a curious choice. The truth is Saka's first-time finish against Bayern Munich was so special it could almost be taken for granted.

If you think that sounds like an oxymoron, I don't blame you. Bear with me, though, and all things will be made known.

The thing is Saka has made the spectacular routine. Made what's truly great seem typical. All because he's conjured magic so often.

There was wizardry about the way he turned in a crowded box and angled a first-time finish into the bottom corner. Bending his shot around a defender and out of the reach of a goalkeeper as good as Manuel Neuer ought to have taken some time and thought, but Saka did the improbable in an instant.

He also did it casually enough to make non-believers think they could do the same. Just try it. You won't even come close.

2. Gabriel Martinelli vs Sevilla (A)

Arsenal's Champions League campaign never delivered what it promised, but there were moments good enough to make the six-year-plus wait to return to Europe's top table worthwhile.

Moments like Martinelli's outstanding opening goal in Seville. It was made by some exceptional work from Jesus, who showed why Arsenal still need his mix of power and flair.

Both qualities helped Jesus win the ball with his back to goal, execute a Cruyff turn and release Martinelli with an inch-perfect through pass. Thankfully, Martinelli didn't waste his countryman's efforts.

What he did was race into the Sevilla half via the kind of direct pace that once had him neck and neck with Saka for the distinction of Arsenal's best player. Some close control and calmness in the box followed, allowing Martinelli to slot into an empty net.

The 22-year-old didn't have his best season, but Martinelli should still have a big role to play in a trophy-laden future for Arsenal. Ideally, that role will involve the rapid forward having more opportunities through the middle.

Arsenal don't need to spend big to sign a striker when Havertz, Jesus and Martinelli can all thrive centrally.

1. Bukayo Saka vs Tottenham (A)

When everybody knows what you're going to do, but they still can't stop it, you're a truly special player. World class, you might say.

Saka owns that label because of goals like the one he scored at Tottenham on April 28. An unerringly accurate long ball from Havertz made it possible, but the goal owed more to Saka's signature move-set.

It usually starts with a deft first touch to kill the pace of the ball. Then another touch or two, allied with a sudden burst of acceleration to create space for a shot from the most efficient left foot in England's top flight.

This is a routine Arsenal fans have seen many, many times, but they should never tire of watching weekly repeats for one simple reason. As long as Saka is doing his act, Arsenal will remain in the thick of title races.

Believe it.