Cheick Tiote Scored One Of The Most Iconic Premier League Goals Ever
Cheick Tiote sadly passed away four years ago today and the best way to celebrate his life is to remember his brilliant goal in Newcastle United’s unforgettable four goal comeback against Arsenal.
It was a cold afternoon in February 2011 when Tiote, playing in his first season in England, scored what is still one of the greatest goals in the Premier League’s history.
Newcastle trailed Arsene Wenger’s side 4-0 at half-time at St James’ Park, with all four goals coming before the half hour mark, as Theo Walcott opened the scoring in the first minute.
Goals from Johan Djourou and Robin van Persie looked to be taking all three points back down to north London with the Gunners.
Things changed in the second half, thanks to in part to Abou Diaby’s rec card, before two penalties from Joey Barton and a goal for Leon Best put the home team on the verge of history.
And then with just three minutes on the clock a free kick was swung into the Arsenal penalty area but headed clear and seemingly away from danger, step forward Cheick Tiote’s thunderous left boot:
Not only was it a good goal in the closing minutes of a game at home to earn a point in the most dramatic fashion but it was the first time a side had come back from 4-0 to earn a point in the Premier League, the perfect package.
Incredibly it was the only goal Tiote scored for Newcastle and one of only four goals in his career in total.
It’s not a bad strike for your only one for a team and if nothing else it makes him a legend of the Premier League era.
Tiote would eventually move from the Magpies in 2017 to join Chinese side Beijing Enterprises but sadly he played just 11 games for them before his tragic death from a cardiac arrest in training, aged just 30.
Very few players get to etch their name in history with just one moment but Tiote will forever live in everyone’s hearts for his incredible strike against Arsenal.
A true Premier League legend!