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 Carlos Vela's chip against Sheffield United in 2008.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
vela v Sheffield United (H) 09-23-2008
Making his first start for the Club, the Mexican forward was one of 13 teenagers to play in the Carling Cup against Sheffield United in September 2008. The average age of the squad was 19 – the youngest ever side to represent Arsenal.
Before the game some questioned whether the squad had enough experience to trouble an established Championship side.
By half-time the questioned changed to ‘just how many goals will these teenagers score today?’
Just four minutes into the second half Arsenal held a three-goal lead when Kieran Gibbs lofted a pass down the left flank. Vela controlled the ball with his shoulder and after a quick flick with his left foot the only man defending him, Blades captain Chris Morgan, was completely out of the play.
If that was impressive, the finish was even better. Vela raced in on goal and confidently chipped the ball over the head of Sheffield United keeper Paddy Kenny for his second goal of the night.
And in storybook fashion, he completed his hat-trick in the 86th minute.23 Mar 2011