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 brilliant strike by Thierry Henry in his first season with the Club.

Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.

Gunners' 37th Greatest Goal  - Thierry Henry

Henry v Watford (A) 04-23-2000
By the time Thierry Henry left Arsenal in 2007, his talent was renowned by football fans worldwide. But in the spring of 2000, Arsenal supporters were just beginning to see the true extent of his brilliance.

As the end of Henry’s first season at Arsenal approached, Manchester United were running away with the league. But despite the points deficit, when Arsenal traveled to Watford in April they played with the same efficiency as you would expect from a team in the title race.

Henry opened the scoring in the 18th minute and Ray Parlour made it a two-goal lead shortly before the break. But that wasn’t enough for Henry and in first-half stoppage time, the Frenchman grabbed his Golden Goal.

Henry received the ball 15 yards inside Watford’s half with space to maneuver. As players closed in on either side of him, Henry’s sheer pace left them trailing in his wake.

Only a couple of yards outside the area, two more Watford defenders saw what happened to their teammates and were looking nervous. They backed off the onrushing striker.


It created just enough space for Henry to shift the ball onto his right foot and curl a magnificent strike inside Alec Chamberlain’s left-hand post.

It was a finish that would become synonymous with the Arsenal legend but back in April 2000, it was but a taste of things to come.

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9 Mar 2011