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Arsenal strung together an impressive 22 passes before Bukayo Saka opened the scoring against Bournemouth just five minutes into Monday night’s FA Cup meeting.
In a move that ebbed and flowed and involved most of the team, the Gunners eventually worked the ball to Saka, who fired home at the far post.
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 27, 2020
The deft approach play was reminiscent of some of the great team goals we’ve witnessed over the years…
A sublime, intricate move that involved 44 passes over the course of almost two full minutes — several seconds longer than it took United to score their two stoppage-time goals against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.
Large swathes of the football played under Louis van Gaal was hopelessly turgid, but on the odd occasion when it came together, it was highly functional. United dismantled Southampton with a patient 45-pass move that culminated in Mata scoring the decider in a 3-2 victory.
City also have previous when it comes to piecing together long attacking moves, with Pep Guardiola’s side amassing a remarkable, record-breaking 52 passes (with every single player touching the ball) before Sane scored against West Brom in the Carabao Cup.
On this day in 2013, Jack Wilshere scored THAT goal against Norwich. ? https://t.co/Cf2kV0u8wi
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) October 19, 2017
Depending on your point of view, Wilshere’s tippy-tappy goal against Norwich is either “Wengerball” at it’s slick, nimble best, or just a series of incredibly fortunate flukes.
Thought to be a record at the time, all 10 of Brendan Rodgers’ outfield players exchanged 51 consecutive passes before Sterling stooped to head home the opener in this Capital One Cup tie.
Of course, we couldn’t go much further without mentioning Barcelona — the grand princes when it comes to elaborate tiki-taka. One of the finest examples of their handiwork is the 24 passes it took for Lionel Messi to eventually play Andres Iniesta in to ram one home at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid are also perfectly capable to splicing through teams with precise passes aplenty — like the 44 the whole team (all 11 players on the pitch) deployed to systematically destroy Deportivo in the opening game of the 2017-18 season.
Marc Overmars (Ajax vs. Twente, 1995)
What do you get when you combine Jari Litmanen, Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids, the De Boer brothers, Edwin van der Sar, Michael Reizeger, Danny Blind, Patrick Kluivert and Overmars in the same team? Magic, that’s what.
Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina vs. Serbia & Montenegro, 2006)
One of the most famous examples of the team goal genre. The Albiceleste took their time (40 seconds to be precise!), moved the ball patiently, gradually moved up through the gears and eventually picked off Serbia in ruthless fashion via Hernan Crespo’s clever backheel and Cambiasso’s emphatic finish.
Carlos Alberto (Brazil vs Italy, 1970)
Speaking of unquestionable classics, the Selecao wove through Italy like yellow smoke in the blazing heat of Mexico City before Pele nonchalantly laid the ball off for Carlos Alberto to thunder home.
Zaha turns back clock by losing trademark locks
Wilfried Zaha has revealed his throwback look by cutting off his dreadlocks.
The Crystal Palace winger debuted his new/old look on Instagram, revealing his freshly shorn head to the world.
Several of Zaha’s Palace teammates voiced their shock in the comments alongside his photo, with Jeffrey Schlupp, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Andros Townsend and even former cohort Yannick Bolasie all weighing in.