Awoniyi equals 28-year record with goal against Arsenal

Awoniyi equals 28-year record with goal against Arsenal

After scoring a late goal for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 Premier League loss to Arsenal, Super Eagles forward Taiwo Awoniyi equalled a 28-year-old record set by former England player Stan Collymore.

The Nigerian striker finished the previous Premier League season in fine form, scoring in four consecutive games towards the close of the season, and he started the 2023/24 campaign similarly against Arsenal.

Despite not being given the starting spot, the self-proclaimed Arsenal supporter needed just 10 minutes on the pitch to score a second goal against his favourite Gunners, setting up a tense last few minutes in the Premier League’s early kick-off.

Nottingham Forest’s striker was on the end of a blistering counter-attack and pushed his way to the near post to poke home from Anthony Elanga’s cross for the first of hopefully many goals this season.

With his goal against Arsenal, Awoniyi extended his Premier League scoring streak to five games, dating back to Nottingham Forest’s win over Southampton last season.

This streak cements Awoniyi’s place in Nottingham Forest history, as he becomes the Tricky Trees’ first player to score in five consecutive games since Collymore in 1995.

Awoniyi was Nottingham Forest’s top scorer last season after scoring 10 Premier League goals in only 17 starts and will hope that he can improve on that tally with enough game time this season.

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