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Ziege: "Gus said 'you don’t want to hit that', I said 'yes I do...'

Posted on 4 November 2016  - 12:15

Christian Ziege will never forget the moment he pinged home one of the great north London derby goals.

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Turn the clock back to December 15, 2002 and the German international stood over a free-kick fully 30 yards from David Seaman’s goal.

“Gus Poyet was standing right next to me saying ‘you don’t want to hit that, it’s too far away’ and I said to him ‘yes, I do, I'm going to hit it’,” recalled Christian, who spoke to us this week from his new home as manager of Atletico Baleares in Majorca.

Below: Christian's free-kick - enjoy!

 


Needless to say, Christian’s effort sailed into the top corner, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

“I can remember when it went in, I didn’t know what to do really,” continued Christian, who played 55 times for us between 2001-04.

“I was running around the pitch with so much joy at scoring such a goal. The crowd went crazy. In the end, I got tackled by Steffen Freund!

Below: Steffen Freund ready to pounce!

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“That was the strongest tackle I ever got – from my own team-mate!

“I still enjoy watching that goal now! If you are lucky to score a goal like that in a game like that, it’s a moment you never forget.”

Typically of the time, we dominated but couldn’t put Arsenal away. Christian’s goal came on 15 minutes and it took the visitors 25 minutes to register an effort at goal, but they got away with a point after Kasey Keller upended Thierry Henry and Robert Pires slotted home from the penalty spot. It stayed 1-1.

“The north London derbies were fantastic,” added Christian. “In my day, Arsenal had the likes of Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira, Pires, Ljungberg. Not many teams did much at Highbury but we had some good games at White Hart Lane.

“As I said, they are games I will never forget.”