Aaron Ramsey goal: Galatasaray strike stuns Arsenal team-mates

Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey was one of two Welshman to score in the Champions League on Tuesday

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thought Aaron Ramsey was overly optimistic when half-volleying with his weaker foot from 30 yards, but what does he know?

The Welshman, 23, thundered the effort into the Galatasaray net from practically another postcode, drawing stunned looks from even his own team-mates.

It was his second of the match and a third in two outings, after he contributed a left-foot volley in defeat at Stoke City on Saturday.

But this one was from an altogether different planet and emphatically banished the 17-game goal drought which had followed the midfielder prior to his strike at the Britannia.

Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey posted on Twitter to acknowledge the win and the stunned look on the faces of his team-mates including Yaya Sanogo.

"When he took the shot I thought that was maybe not the best idea, but the way he took it, it flew in," said Wenger, whose side went on to win 4-1.

Ramsey's left footed half-volley barely dipped, such was its power and reached a speed of 53mph, taking just 1.1 seconds to hit the net from a shade under 30 yards.

ARsenal celebrate
Lukas Podolski scored a powerful opener but was overshadowed by Ramsey and appeared to shine the Welshman's boot when celebrating

He raced away, dodged team-mates with a cheeky celebration before Lukas Podolski collared him and seemed to shine up the left foot at the heart of the carnage.

"At first I thought it wasn't but watching it back, it is further out than I thought so it's my best goal," Ramsey reflected on the goal which had put Arsenal 3-0 up.

Catherin Zeta-Jones
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was born some 40 miles from Caerphilly where Ramsey grew up, but the pair are top Welsh produce according to Jan Aage Fjortoft

Gunners' goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny put his head in his hands in bewilderment, striker Yaya Sanogo put his hands on his mouth in disbelief and former Middlesbrough striker Jan Aage Fjortoft paid his own unique tribute.

"Ramsey! What a goal, the best thing from Wales since, since....Catherine Zeta-Jones," tweeted the Norwegian.external-link

Ramsey's earlier goal did actually form part of a special night for Wales as because of Gareth Bale's strike for Real Madrid against Ludogorets Razgrad, the country could boast two goalscorers on a Champions League night for the first time.

Bale, accustomed to wonder strikes, could only offer a paltry header in comparison.

BBC live text commentary
The BBC live text commentator on the night gasped when Ramsey's shot hit the net and quickly tried to find the words to describe the incredible effort.

"Just saw Ramsey's second goal. OH I SAY," tweeted BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.external-link

Former Gunner Paul Merson joined in the praise, telling Sky Sports: "I've never seen anything like it in all my years. It was phenomenal", while former Spurs manager David Pleat said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "It was a rocket of a shot and the goalkeeper just puts his hand up there to acknowledge the quality of the shot."

But Arsene thought don't shoot. What does he know?

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