SOME PUNDITS ARGUED that Arsenal couldn’t defend any worse than they did last season.
It seems they were wrong.
Carl Jenkinson, who Arsene Wenger signed from Charlton over the summer, scored what can only be described as an extremely well-taken goal, with the only problem being that it was into his own net.
Looks like Arsene Wenger’s uncanny knack for signing dodgy defenders is not about to end with Jenkinson, as the video below attests:
And in tribute to Jenkinson’s spectacular effort, we bring you 9 similar goals to rival his moment of misfortune…
9. Lee Dixon (Arsenal v Coventry)
Jenkison isn’t the only Arsenal player who is prone to the odd crazy moment, as this clip demonstrates.
8. Lauren (Arsenal v Man City)
In fact, this list could probably comprise entirely of Arsenal own goals.
7. Pavol Durica (DVSC Teva v Fehervar)
Hugarian football at its most entertaining here, as Durica shows the opposition player how to take a penalty.
6. Tony Popovic (Crystal Palace v Portsmouth)
Own goals are rarely as stylish as this cringeworthy effort from Australian international Tony Popovic.
5. Kakha Kaladze (Georgia v Italy)
To score one own goal is shameful enough, but to score two takes a special brand of incompetence. Take a bow, Kakha Kaladze, who allegedly once played for AC Milan.
4. Gary Neville (England v Croatia)
Who could forget Paul Robinson’s desperate swing and a miss at Gary Neville’s back-pass? The goal turned out to be an apt metaphor for the haplessness that characterised Steve McClaren’s time as England manager.
3. Chris Brass (Bury v Darlington)
A very funny own goal, until you realise that Brass broke his nose during the incident in question, which actually makes you feel kind of sorry for him.
2. Djimi Traore (Liverpool v Burnley)
Traore has gained near-cult status for his propensity to provide heart-in-mouth moments. Unsurprisingly, having spent the past few seasons with Monaco, the 31-year-old player is now a free agent.
1. Jamie Pollock (Man City v QPR)
This infamous own goal ensured Man City’s relegation to Division Two and kept QPR up. Consequently, QPR fans sabotaged an internet poll some time thereafter, as Pollock was voted the most influential man of the last 2,000 years.
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