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 searing 35-yard drive by Patrick Vieira in 1998.

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

Gunners' 25th Greatest Goal - Patrick Vieira

Vieira v Newcastle (H) 04-11-1998
What exactly makes a goal great? Is it the importance of the goal or the sheer quality of the finish?

This effort by Patrick Vieira was the third goal in a rather routine home win over Newcastle as the Gunners closed in on a League and Cup double in 1998. So a key goal for Arsenal? Not so much.

It was simply the aesthetic beauty of the goal that makes it so memorable.

It started when Marc Overmars intercepted the ball just inside Newcastle’s half. The Dutchman rolled the ball forward to Nicolas Anelka who laid it off to Vieira just outside the center circle.

As the lanky Frenchman strode towards goal, the Newcastle defenders failed to close him down. So Vieira put his head down and let it fly from 35 yards.

His thunderbolt of shot flew on a rope into the top right-hand corner. Shay Given had no chance.

It was a strike that typified the young midfielder at the time. Powerful, fearless and all-conquering. 

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20 Apr 2011