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 fantastic flick by Kanu against Middlesbrough in 1999.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Kanu v Middlesbrough (A) 04-24-1999
Many of the greatest goals in Arsenal history are such because of their importance: match winners, cup winners, or securing a valuable point. Our latest Golden Goal was none of those. But even though it was an 'unimportant' fifth goal in a 6-1 Arsenal victory, the sheer genius of the finish secures its place on the list.
Arsenal travelled to Middlesbrough on April 24, 1999 off the heels of a 5-1 thrashing of Wimbledon the week before. And with Arsène Wenger’s side battling with Manchester United for top of the League, the Gunners had no intention of taking their foot off the gas on Teesside.
Marc Overmars started the rout from the spot in the fourth minute before Nicolas Anelka, Kanu and Patrick Vieira put Arsenal well out of sight.
Then, on the hour-mark, Kanu stole the show with a flash of brilliance.
The lanky Nigerian played a role in the build-up, pirouetting away from danger inside the Boro half to feed Overmars on the right. After a quick exchnage with Ray Parlour, the Dutchman whipped a low cross towards Kanu in the center.
In truth, it was far from the best cross Overmars ever played. But Kanu didn’t miss a beat. Despite a Boro defender marking him closely, Kanu let the ball run between his legs and cheekily back-heeled it past Mark Schwarzer and into the bottom corner.
Few in the Arsenal squad would have attempted it, even fewer would have pulled it off.9 Feb 2011