Erik Lamela scored “one of the best goals in Premier League history” to open the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Monday morning – although it ended in vein as he was sent off during the 2-1 defeat.
Lamela didn’t even start the game but was brought on after just 19 minutes after Heung-min Son was taken off with a worrying-looking hamstring injury.
But the Argentine wasted no time in allaying the fears of Spurs fans as just 14 minutes later he was wheeling away celebrating, with teammate Sergio Reguilon running after him with his head in his hands in utter disbelief at what he’d just seen.
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Reguilon had been the one who played in Gareth Bale’s cross-field pass first time into the box for Lucas Moura to collect and lay off to the on-rushing Lamela.
But Lamela had run past the ball and needed to check back, only to switch his feet and rabona the ball into the bottom corner past a helpless Bernd Leno.
Lamela is no stranger to a rabona goal have scored something eerily similar in the Europa League against Asteras in October 2014.
But his latest one sent the football world wild with former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp declaring it “one of the best goals I’ve ever seen in the Premier League”.
England legend Gary Lineker added: “Sensational from Lamela. Truly wondrous.
“The thing about the Lamela goal is, it’s not even the best rabona he’s scored.”
But it all ended on a sour note for Lamela as he was given his marching orders for a second yellow card, leaving Spurs fighting with one hand behind their backs to try and get back in the game as Arsenal made sure North London was painted red once again.