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 key equalizer from Freddie Ljungberg against Manchester United in 2001.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
FREDDIE LJUNGBERG v Manchester United (H) 11-25-2001
Freddie Ljungberg made a habit of scoring against Manchester United during his nine-years at Arsenal, so perhaps inevitably at least one should make our Golden Goals list.
And it is this strike that makes it – not only due to its quality but also for its importance to Arsenal’s 2001/02 title-winning season.
The Gunners started the season on a hot streak, but ‘the November curse’ hit Arsenal hard. By the time Manchester United visited Highbury at the end of the month, Arsène Wenger’s side were without a win in four Premier League games. Man United, on the other hand, were eying the scalp.
And it was the visitors who opened the scoring through Paul Scholes after only 14 minutes. However, within three minutes of the restart, Ljungberg struck.
Robert Pires intercepted a poor Gary Neville pass about 50 yards from goal and rushed forward. As Kanu drew the two Manchester United central defenders into the middle, Pires picked out Ljungberg sliding in on the right-hand side.
The red-haired Swede took one touch with his right foot before gently chipping an arching effort over Fabian Barthez from the edge of the area.
Later, the French goalkeeper would make two memorable mistakes to hand a 3-1 win to Arsenal. But it was Ljungberg’s superb equalizer that gave the Gunners a platform for victory.17 Nov 2010