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Video: Arsenal's Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta and Gunnersaurus take the Dizzy goal challenge

Snehartho Dey
6.70K   //    26 Aug 2015, 23:27 IST
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger also made a cameo at the end

The #Dizzygoals challenge has been one of the trending topics on social media recently and several footballers have taken part in executing the hilarious routine that has been dubbed as the football equivalent of the ice bucket challenge. Now, Arsenal players are the latest ones to have joined the wagon.

Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta took the dizzy penalty challenge as the Gunners teamed up with The Arsenal Foundation’s global charity partner, Save The Children, to support the campaign initiated by UN’s Global Goals.

The challenge involves a ball, a goal and an unstable body falling over. In a dizzy goal challenge, the player has to hold the ball and spin around it quickly for 13 times after which he has to continue his run and take the penalty.

As mentioned before, the challenge is a part of Global Goals’ awareness program whose initiative is to make everyone well informed for the sustainable development goals which includes targets like ending extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate changes, and it is to be agreed by 193 world leaders at the UN on 25 September.

And famous names like Gareth Bale, Gary Lineker, Michael Owen and more have already filmed themselves while attempting the challenge and based on their efforts, it is definitely lot harder than it looks. Even bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has done it in front of a live audience.

Club captain Arteta went on first and after completing his 13 spins, he still managed to show why he is Arsenal’s first-choice from the spot, correcting his run as he veered off to the left before slipping the ball into the net.

However, Walcott had a difficult time to reach to the ball placed for the spot kick as he tumbled on the ground after completing his turns before managing to kick in into the back of the net.

The best one was savoured for the last as manager Arsene Wenger chose club mascot Gunnersaurus to complete the challenge instead of him. Watch the video to see how they fared.

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