The Best Goal Scored Against My Team: Adebayor's Turn & Volley For Arsenal vs Spurs
Any fan will tell you that seeing their team concede at any point in any game at their own stadium is, more or less, a massive kick in the crutch. Any momentum that been gathering is sapped away in the blink of an eye and hearing the opposition fans jump for joy as a result is the verbal equivalent of your worst enemy taking a dump on your chest.
There is little any fan can do but stand up, get behind the team and, as cliched as it may sound; become the 12th man to push the players to an equaliser. There have been many a goal against Tottenham Hotspur that you just have to applaud, no matter the opposition.
Laurent Robert's thunderbolt in Newcastle United's 4-0 back in 2003 is one a Magpie supporting friend often recalls, while Gylfi Sigurdsson's half volley during Spurs' 3-1 win over Swansea City last season was an incredible blend of technique in precision that nestled perfectly into Brad Friedel's far corner.
However, there is one strike that will forever haunt the catacombs of my mind until the end of time. One goal that I always replay whenever the term 'North London Derby' is uttered within my presence, no matter who by.
What makes it that much worse was that it was scored by a player currently gracing the good Spurs ranks at this very time – Emmanuel Adebayor. During the striker's 40 months or so with Arsenal, he had a pendant for finding the back of the net against the Gunners north London rivals. A lot.
In fact, during his three-and-a-half years with Arsenal, the Togo international netted an impressive eight times against Spurs in all competitions, but his finest arguably came in the Gunners 3-1 win over their north London rivals during the 2007/08 season.
It was a glorious sunny day at White Hart Lane, with fans confident that this year would be the one the pendulum swings into Spurs' favour for this first time in eons, made all the more achievable following the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona a few months previous. The encounter began well enough after Gareth Bale curled an impressive free kick past Manuel Almunia after 15 minutes.
The hosts squandered numerous chances to double their advantage, before Adebayor struck an equaliser in the 65th minute. Cesc Febregas gave Arsenal the initiative with just 10 minutes remaining, but it took until the 90th minute for the Gunners to wrap up all three points.
Paul Robinson had done well to deny Denilson from close range after Tomas Rosicky had played the Brazilian into space on the right. The ball was picked up be Fabregas around 40 yards from goal as the Spaniard played in a bobbly pass to Adebayor.
While it appeared Michael Dawson had the better of the two players, the striker flicked the ball up with his right before launching an unstoppable effort past Robinson to secure the 3-1 win on that day in September.
That season saw the now Spurs striker net an astonishing 30 goals in all competitions for Arsenal as the Gunners secured a third place finish, ending the campaign just four points off top spot and 37 ahead of Spurs, who picked up a Carling Cup winner's medal following the 2-1 win over Chelsea.
It's still somewhat strange to see Adebayor in a Spurs shirt, such are his Arsenal roots, and every time I see him before, during and after encounters will forever remind me of that goal back in 2007, but as far as spacial awareness, technical sublimity and the quality of the finish; that goal will forever be one that remain lodged in the memory of this football connoisseur for years to come.