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 an historic goal by Freddie Ljungberg 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.
Ljungberg v Chelsea (N) 05-04-2002
Back in December, we were treated to Ray Parlour’s Golden Goal against Chelsea in the 2002 FA Cup Final. Despite the beauty – and importance – of his long-range effort, some people describe that showpiece as 'Freddie's Final'. And it’s not difficult to understand why.
Ljungberg was at the top of his game that year and was enjoying an incredible run of form as Arsenal chased the Double. Following Robert Pires' serious knee injury, it was Freddie who scored the goals which kept the title in sight. And became the new fans' favorite as a result as evidenced by Arsenal fans at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium – and the surrounding pubs – sporting a red streak in their hair, in honor of Freddie's distinctive coif.
The Swede did not let his adoring fans down. Ten minutes remained in the Final and Arsenal were up thanks to Parlour's spectacular strike. Then Freddie stepped up to clinch the Cup in style.
Edu took possession of the ball following a poor touch from Eidur Gudjohnsen and he found Ljungberg just inside his own half. The Swede sprinted forward and, noting that his teammates were all being held offside, accelerated towards the space behind them.
John Terry spotted the danger too late and Ljungberg outpaced the England defender before shrugging off his desperate challenge. Freddie steadied himself, looked up and, with defenders closing in, curled a magnificent curling shot beyond Carlo Cudicini and into the corner.
It was only the second time a player had scored in consecutive FA Cup Finals. And a better finish could not have been scripted.