Dennis Bergkamp scores his first Arsenal goals 23 September 1995
When he joined Arsenal in the summer of 1995, Dennis Bergkamp was probably the most exciting signing in the Club's history.
Here was one of world football's luminaries - an international star - and he was wearing the famous red and white. The anticipation among Arsenal's fans was palpable.
Bergkamp's class was obvious but, for many in the media, the Dutchman's failure to find the net in his first six appearances was enough to brandish him a 'flop'.
That seemed ridiculous then and even more so now when one considers what Bergkamp has brought to Arsenal. Even so, the pressure was mounting as Dennis lined up against Southampton on September 23, 1995.
Ninety minutes later, any doubts were dispelled. Bergkamp was untouchable that day and capped a man-of-the-match display with two superbly-taken goals.
After 17 minutes, Bergkamp volleyed Glenn Helder's left-wing cross into the bottom corner. He wheeled away to celebrate and puffed out his cheeks in relief after breaking his Arsenal duck.
Tony Adams doubled the Gunners' lead but Gordon Watson and Ken Monkou levelled before half-time. Arsenal needed something special to get their noses back in front and their Dutch striker provided it with 22 minutes remaining.
Bergkamp collected the ball just inside Southampton's half and advanced menacingly. He jinked away from two challenges and, having found a yard of space, struck a venomous shot in off the post from 25 yards. Simply brilliant.
Ian Wright secured the points five minutes later but the day belonged to Bergkamp. His two strikes against the Saints kicked off a run of six goals in seven games and gave Arsenal fans a taste of things to come from the Dutch master.
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