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Arsenal’s ‘pinball’ equaliser against Chelsea is pure comedy

It goes down as an Antonio Rudiger own goal but some thought Nacho Monreal should be been given the credit

Some goals are pure drama.

While others are total comedy.

This is the latter.

Puskas Award all the years

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Puskas Award all the years

Arsenal’s equaliser against Chelsea in the EFL Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates was like nothing anything we’ve ever seen.

It started simply enough with an outswinging corner from Mesut Ozil.

And just like against Crystal Palace last weekend, Nacho Monreal got his lovely Spanish noggin on the end of it and directed his header towards goal.

However, this is where it gets a bit slapstick, his effort was deflected by Marcos Alonso’s head onto Antonio Rudiger’s head at just the right angle to take it past the bewildered Willy Cabellero in goal.

It was like a game of pinball…

Monreal gets his header on target

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Monreal gets his header on target

Alonso half-blocks it…

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Alonso half-blocks it…

The ball ricochets off Rudiger

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The ball ricochets off Rudiger

And with Caballero wrong-footed…

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And with Caballero wrong-footed…

The ball nestles in the net

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The ball nestles in the net

There was nothing either of the Chelsea players could have done in such a tight space.

But that doesn’t make it any less funny.

There was some initial confusion as to who would be credited with the goal as Monreal’s original header was on target and had it have deflected off just Alonso and gone in, the Arsenal defender would have made it two goals in his last two games.

However, it officially goes down as a Rudiger own goal as the first deflection directed the ball off target and effectively reset the effort.

Hilarious

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Hilarious

As the old saying goes — they all count.


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