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Top 15 Footballers Who Celebrated Scoring Against Their Old Team

When Arsenal travelled to Old Trafford for the sixth round of the FA Cup many predicted a United victory as Arsenal hadn’t won there since 2006. At the final whistle, the score was 1-2 and United were dumped from the competition. What grabbed the headlines and ensuing discussion over the following days wasn’t that Arsenal had finally defeated United at Old Trafford but that Danny Welbeck had returned to his old ground, delivered the winning goal and then celebrated the achievement. Soon after, it seemed like every paper was filled with articles and polls concerning whether or not it was proper to celebrate scoring against your old club. The discussion was only given more momentum when former Chelsea defender David Luiz returned to Stamford Bridge with PSG and celebrated scoring a very good header against his old employers.

How you feel about this issue is all down to personal choice and, no doubt, influenced by team bias. After all, no one likes to see their team get scored on, especially by a former player who indulges in a bit of celebration. If the former player was at the team for many years, it can make the whole situation even worse. Then again, many fans get equally annoyed when one of their players scores on a former team and holds back the celebration out of respect. It really is a no-win situation for the player who scores the goal.

The following looks at 15 players who indulged in a celebration after hitting the back of the net against their former team. Ahead you’ll find a range of celebrations fueled by a range of emotions. Perhaps the player had a bad relationship with his former team and the celebration was a way to stick it to everyone. Perhaps the celebration was just a result of the relief of finally scoring a goal. Or, maybe the celebration in question occurred because you believe the player is a treacherous mercenary who has the loyalty of a fruit-fly. Whatever your reasons, here are the top 15 players who celebrated against a former team.

15 Danny Welbeck

via espnfc.com

14 David Luiz

via uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

13 Emmanuel Emenike

via playtvone.com

12 Robin van Persie

via telegraph.co.uk

11 Vedad Ibisevic

via bundesliga.com

10 Kevin Nolan

via nufc.co.uk

9 Antonio Cassano

via zimbio.com

8 Darren Bent

via topnaijalinks.com

7 Alan Shearer

via englishpremierleague.sportsblog.com

6 Carloz Tevez

via telegraph.co.uk

5 Luis Figo

via english.sohu.com

4 Wayne Rooney

via telegraph.co.uk

3 Son Heung-min

via bundesliga.com

2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

via inthestands.co.uk

1 Emmanuel Adebayor

via sportskeeda.com

When you get a suspension for celebrating a goal you just know it must have some sort of story behind it. In 2006, Arsenal signed up a little known Monaco forward named Emmanuel Adebayor. Over the next three seasons Adebayor became a well-known goal machine, netting 46 times in 104 appearances. In 2009, things started to sour as the Togolese striker started mentioning how he’d love to play for other teams. With that, he was off to Manchester City, a move which many saw as being made simply for a huge wage increase. Adebayor played his old team when Arsenal visited the City of Manchester Stadium in September 2009. The big forward scored and proceeded to run the length of the pitch to slide in front of the Arsenal fans. Naturally such a move infuriated the fans. Adebayor had said he did it because the Arsenal fans were chanting and singing inappropriate songs about him and his family. He was booked for this celebration and later apologized. Ultimately, the Arsenal faithful got the last laugh as Adebayor’s career steadily went downhill.

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