From annihilating Arsenal at just 16 to THAT bicycle kick against City: Rooney's top 10 Premier League goals

Exactly a decade on from his stunning debut goal for Everton, looks at some of the England international's finest strikes for the Toffees and Manchester United
Since marking his debut with a stunning strike against Arsenal, Wayne Rooney has scored some of the finest goals that the Premier League has ever seen.

Whether they be for Everton or Manchester United, Rooney has regularly lit up the English top flight with screamers, delicate finishes and composed efforts alike.

As he also closes in on 200 career strikes in club football, looks at 10 of the best that the England international has hit in the Premier League.

v Arsenal (October 19 2002)

"Remember the name: Wayne Rooney."

His introduction to the Premier League was incredible, picking the ball up in midfield before charging towards goal, drifting inside, and curling a perfect effort over David Seaman.

Five days short of his 17th birthday, Rooney became the youngest Premier League scorer at the time, and has gone on to score several more top-notch efforts.

v Wigan Athletic (December 14 2005)

The-then 20-year-old showed all of his class and finesse with a fine finish against the Latics in a 4-0 Old Trafford demolition.

Ruud van Nistelrooy released the Englishman, and Rooney buzzed past a defender, into the area and dinked a delicate finish over the on-rushing Mike Pollitt, his second of the game as United attempted to keep up with Chelsea's relentless pace at the top of the Premier League table.

v Arsenal (August 28 2011)

Rooney joined in the fun more than anyone as United dismantled Arsenal 8-2 at the beginning of last season, scoring a fabulous hat-trick.

His second was the pick of the bunch, a 25-yard free-kick that swooped across Wojciech Szczesny's goal and into the far corner.

Rooney slotted a second-half penalty to seal his sixth treble for the club and a disastrous day for Arsene Wenger's side.

v Bolton Wanderers (March 17 2007)

One of Rooney's best foils during his decade in the Premier League was Cristiano Ronaldo, and the two combined to lethal effect in this clash against the Trotters.

United scrambled a Bolton corner clear and Rooney picked the ball up on the edge of the area, spinning and feeding Ronaldo, who was bursting clear to his left.

The Portuguese carried the ball over half-way at breakneck speed before feeding Rooney, who had continued into the box, the England man lifting the ball over Jussi Jaaskelainen to notch a 10-second counterattack goal that was the highlight of a 4-1 win.

v Newcastle United (April 24 2005)

Rooney has an excellent record against the Magpies, and it would be hard to top the goal against the men in black and white than this breathtaking volley in 2005.

United were trailing in the game and needed a win to keep the pressure on Arsenal in the league when a long ball forward was easily headed away by the Newcastle defence.

However, the ball only dropped to Rooney, whose explosive first-time volley crashed past Shay Given, helping United to come back to a 2-1 win.

v Watford (January 31 2007)

A win was hardly in doubt for the Red Devils as Adrian Boothroyd's Hornets travelled to Old Trafford.

Rooney got in on the action, netting one of his finest United goals, latching on to the ball before lobbing goalkeeper Richard Lee, replacing United loanee Ben Foster, from 20 yards out.

v West Ham (April 2 2011)

The title-chasing Red Devils travelled to the relegation-threatened Hammers in this late-season clash, with Rooney sitting on 98 goals for the Old Trafford club.

United grabbed a 4-2 win, and Rooney hit a hat-trick to seal his century in style. After opening the scoring with a free-kick, he powered in a low shot to bring up his ton.

A late penalty sealed his treble and it will surely not be long before he is celebrating another 100 goals in United red.

v Newcastle (March 12 2006)

As already mentioned, Rooney tends to enjoy himself against Newcastle and he helped himself to a delightful goal in this encounter.

Peter Ramage's slack back-pass was ruthlessly seized upon by Rooney who closed in on goal and with Shay Given out of position, flighted the ball over the Irishman and into the back of the net.

v Arsenal (October 24 2004)

Rooney has often been a thorn in Arsenal's side, and another against the Gunners, while perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing, was one of the more poignant ones.

Rooney swept home a 90th minute effort at Old Trafford, his first Premier League goal for the club, having earlier won a penalty that was converted by Ruud van Nistelrooy, to give the Red Devils a 2-0 win.

However, that defeat was the Gunners' first for 50 Premier League games. 'The Invincibles' were no more, and Arsenal are still yet to win a trophy since their FA Cup triumph at the end of that campaign.

v Manchester City (February 12 2011)

Late winner to seal a Manchester derby? Check. Stunning over-head kick from the edge of the area? Check. Voted the best goal in Premier League history? Check.

In the annals of stunning Rooney goals, there is probably not one better than his legendary strike against City in 2011.

Nani's cross from the right took a deflection that saw the ball drift behind an on-rushing Rooney, but he twisted his body and took flight, slamming the ball past a powerless Joe Hart, and sending Old Trafford crazy in the process.


Which goal is your favourite Wayne Rooney strike? Is his derby-day volley the best the England man has scored, or his crashing drive against Arsenal, where it all began, still the original and the best? Perhaps his volley against Newcastle, that proved he was consistently capable of the spectacular is the one that sticks out for you.

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