Memorable quick free-kicks
FALCAO v Arsenal, February 2010
Wenger was furious that Porto were allowed to take a free-kick quickly inside the Arsenal penalty area after Lukasz Fabianski handled a backpass from Sol Campbell. The Arsenal defence were unprepared and goalkeeper Fabianski had his back turned as Falcao put the ball into the empty net for the 51st-minute winner.
RYAN GIGGS v Lille, February 2007
Wenger may seem angry, but that was nothing compared to the reaction of Lille's players when Ryan Giggs' free-kick was allowed to stand. The Manchester United winger clipped the ball past the hapless defence while the keeper was arranging the wall to secure a vital Champions League win for Alex Ferguson's side. When the game restarted, Lille put the ball out of play and many of their players began to leave the pitch. In the end a match abandonment was averted, but Ferguson still thought the incident was a "disgrace".
THIERRY HENRY v Chelsea, December 2004
Arsenal were the benefactors of a quickly taken free-kick when striker Thierry Henry put the ball into the net while Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was still arranging the wall. Referee Graham Poll allowed the goal to stand despite huge protestations from the Chelsea team, and Arsenal recorded a 2-2 draw.
THIERRY HENRY v Aston Villa, January 2004
Frenchman Henry was at it the season before as well. Arsenal were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out after Mellberg had brought down Patrick Vieira. Aston Villa's defensive wall did not appear alert to the possibility of a quickly-taken free-kick but referee Mark Halsey gave Henry the nod and he curled his 20-yard effort past Thomas Sorensen into the corner of the net.
MAYNOR FIGUEROA v Stoke City, December 2009
It'll probably be voted goal of the season, and it probably deserves to be as well. Figueroa's goal was noted mostly for its distance from goal - a full 60 yards. But it was the aspect of it being taken so quickly that caught goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen out.
DAVID BECKHAM v Blackburn, August 2001
Graeme Souness was the manager left raging on this occasion. After Dwight Yorke was brought down 30-yards from goal, the whistle blew and the Blackburn defence began to arrange themselves in defence. But David Beckham was in no mood to wait, and clipped the ball over Brad Friedel, who was still a mile off his line - unaware of the threat of a quick free-kick.
IAN HARTE v Arsenal, August 2001
The Highbury crowd were silenced following a cheeky effort from Ian Harte. Leeds were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Arsenal area after Mills was bundled over. With David Seaman still organising his wall, Harte fired the free-kick past the Arsenal keeper to stun the crowd and open the scoring in a 2-1 victory for the visitors.
JIMMY FLOYD HASSELBAINK v West Ham, February 2002
Quick thinking by the Chelsea forward helped his team record victory in this London derby FA Cup meeting. The Dutchman fizzed the ball into the net when David James was still assembling his wall and the west London side went on to win 3-2 at Upton Park.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left fuming on Wednesday night after his side conceded a goal from a quick free-kick.
It's not the first time such an incident has occurred (in fact Arsenal have benefited from quick free-kicks in the past) and it probably won't be the last time either.
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