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 long-range strike from Ray Parlour in the 2002 FA Cup Final.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Ray Parlour v Chelsea (N) 05-04-2002
Ray Parlour was not known as much of a goal scorer in his playing days, but he wasn't adverse to shooting from long-range. Perhaps it was because on occasion, some of them went in, including strikes against Valencia in 2001, Werder Bremen in 2000 - and this one at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The 2002 FA Cup Final was locked at 0-0 with 20 minutes left when Tony Adams found Sylvain Wiltord near the half-way line. The Frenchman turned away from his mark and slid the ball into the path of a rushing Parlour, who had burst through the center of the pitch.
William Gallas was playing close to Parlour but the French defender backed off to cover Wiltord's run into the box. Parlour turned to his right, evaded the back-tracking John Terry and found himself with open space 25 yards from the goal.
What happened next was immortalized when a Chelsea supporter on Sky Sports' 'Fanzone' coverage of the Final made the mistake of discounting ‘The Romford Pelé’. The words "It's only Ray Parlour," had barely escaped his lips when Parlour let fly.
Chelsea’s players could only watch as the ball flew beyond a diving Carlo Cudicini and into the top corner.
Ten minutes later Freddie Ljungberg added a second and Arsenal had the first half of their 2002 Double. But it was Parlour's strike that made it all happen.