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 Robert Pires' first appearance – a sublime 25-yarder against Southampton in 2003.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Robert Pires v Southampton (H) 05-007-2003
To say May 2003 was a good month for Robert Pires would be a gross understatement. He netted the game-winner in the FA Cup Final against Southampton at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. And just 10 days before that he scored an absolutely stunning goal against the same team.
In this 'dress rehearsal' for the Final, Arsenal simply manhandled Southampton at Highbury. Before halftime, the Gunners already had a five-goal lead over the Saints. And just a minute after the break Pires extended that lead with the goal of the night.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst exchanged passes with Kanu and tried to thread the ball into Pires’ path in the left channel. The Dutchman's pass was off-target, but Southampton’s Paul Telfer misplayed his first touch.
25 yards out on the corner of the penalty area, Pires pounced. Without breaking stride, and with but one touch, he clipped the ball up and over the Southampton goalkeeper and into the net.
That completed Pires' hat-trick, but amazingly it was not enough for him to take home the match ball. The honors went to Jermaine Pennant, who also netted three goals – in his first start for the Club.
It remains the only Premier League fixture in which two players from the same side have scored hat-tricks.