Michael Essien has described his goals against Arsenal and Barcelona during his spell at Chelsea as his best career goals.
In December 2006, Essien powered in a last-gasp curling stunner from range that earned Chelsea a point against Arsenal.
Chelsea fans later voted it the club’s Goal of the Season. A brilliant strike it indeed was.
Watch Essien’s classic goal against Arsenal:
Three years on, when the Ghana international had regained full fitness after a two-month layoff, Essien scored another classic: a left-footed volley in the Champions League semi-final second-leg against FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.
Barca equalised through Andres Iniesta at the death, ensuring Chelsea missed out on a second successive final appearance on the away goals rule.
That notwithstanding, Essien’s goal was voted the club’s finest of the concluding season and was also nominated for Fifa’s Puskas Award.
“It is the Arsenal and Barcelona goals without a doubt. Although the two against West Ham with my head in the same game have to be up there,” he said.
“To score two goals in one match with my head is memorable too. I enjoy watching the Arsenal goal because it saved us from certain defeat and we got a point out of that game.
“The Barcelona goal brings back mixed feelings because they equalised and knocked us out in the end. Arsenal goal is number one for me.”