Welcome to Golden Goals - a FREE video series on USA.Arsenal.com which showcases some of the finest goals in Arsenal's history.
Each of our weekly clips will feature footage of a classic goal plus expert analysis from former Gunner Stewart Robson and Arsenal.com editor Richard Clarke.
Our series continues with a laser-strike from Dennis Bergkamp against Bolton in 1996.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Dennis Bergkamp v Bolton (H) 05-05-1996
While many of Dennis Bergkamp’s famous goals showed off his craft and guile, this Golden Goal -- at the end of his first season with Arsenal -- shows a completely different side of the player.
On the final day of the 1995/96 season, Arsenal hosted last-place Bolton Wanderers knowing that only a victory would guarantee fifth place in the league -- and UEFA Cup qualification.
As the clock ticked down, Arsenal’s hopes of earning that spot in Europe took a big blow. Bolton defender Andy Todd stunned the Highbury faithful and gave the visitors the lead with just 14 minutes left in the game.
But six minutes later, David Platt’s swiveling effort restored hope. And moments later, the ‘Iceman’ would complete the comeback.
Platt found Bergkamp 25 yards from the goal, and Bolton’s center-backs were still yards away from the Dutchman. Bergkamp set his sights on Keith Branagan’s goal and fired a stunning, laser-like effort into the top left-hand corner. Arsenal were in Europe.
And the crowd went wild.
Scorer of beautiful goals? Of course. But this strike proved that Bergkamp could hit the truly important ones too.27 Oct 2010