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 stunning drive by Silvinho against Chelsea in 2000.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Silvinho v Chelsea (A) 09-06-2000
We’ve already seen Nigel Winterburn appear in our countdown with a long-range belter at Stamford Bridge. Our latest Golden Goal shows his successor scoring a goal of similar quality on the very same pitch.
He only played two seasons in North London, but Silvinho will always be fondly remembered for his attacking flair and cheerful nature. And then of course there was this late equalizer against Chelsea.
The season before, Kanu turned an impending 2-0 defeat into a 3-2 victory with a stunning hat-trick. And after goals from Gianfranco Zola and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink gave the Blues another two-goal lead, Chelsea did not to repeat that result.
Cue another Gunners comeback. Thierry Henry halved the lead in the 76th minute with a textbook finish before Silvinho stepped up four minutes from time.
By now Arsenal’s biggest offensive weapons, including Dennis Bergkamp, Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord, were all on the pitch as Arsène Wenger's men searched desperately for their equalizer. But it was the genial left-back who would find it.
Kanu tried to break forward, but Chelsea’s defense managed to halt his charge 20 yards from goal. But they couldn’t control the loose ball and it rolled invitingly into the path of Silvinho. Without breaking stride, The Brazilian lashed a ferocious strike that bent into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards.
Carlo Cudicini could not have been positioned any better, but the keeper still couldn’t get anywhere near it.
And Chelsea’s hopes of a win were foiled once again.16 Feb 2011