Remembering David Rocastle’s ridiculous goal for Arsenal v Manchester United

On 31 March 2001, Arsenal legend David Rocastle passed away.  He was an icon at Arsenal.  A favourite of Arsenal fans and players and really represented what the club was about in the late 80s and early 90s.  Rocastle scored 23 goals in 228 games but the best has to be this chip against Manchester United in 1991.  

The goal was voted as 16th best ever Arsenal goal by fans.  Rocastle held off Neil Webb, used his strength to see off Paul Ince and Bryan Robson before chipping the ball over Manchester United goalie Peter Schmeichel from 25 yards.

Imagine someone doing the same today.  Taking the ball past Matic and Pogba before chipping De Gea from outside the box.  It wouldn’t happen.

Football writer Paolo Bandini thought it summed up Rocastle’s career

It will remain my abiding memory of his career – encompassing as it did so many of his footballing qualities: the strength to hold off one challenge, the footwork to evade another and the audacity to attempt the chip at all.

It was a glorious goal and made even better as he was wearing the famous Bruised Banana away shirt the most divisive football shirt Arsenal have ever worn.

RIP Rocky.

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