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 25-yard curling effort by Robert Pires in 2003.

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

Gunners' 32nd Greatest Goal - Robert Pires

Pires v Liverpool (A) 10-04-2003
The question of aesthetics versus importance has come up a number of times in our countdown and the debate over which makes a goal truly great will But this strike from Robert Pires sticks in the memory for both.

When Arsenal visited Anfield in October 2003, it was on the back of a poor string of results. After starting that season with four-straight wins, the Gunners slipped to just one win in five. To top that off, they started poorly at Liverpool, falling behind to a Harry Kewell strike. Many were already beginning to raise questions about the Gunners' title credentials.

But a bit of luck and plenty of quality was about to come Arsenal’s way – exactly what you need to win the League. While Sami Hyypia’s own goal gave the visitors a rather undeserved equalizer, Pires' second-half strike was worthy of winning any game.

The Frenchman had drifted in and out of the game, and in fact it he had been suffering through a slow patch all season. But that all changed when he collected Jeremie Aliadiere's short pass 25 yards from goal.

Pires sprinted in from the left before firing an exquisite right-footed curler into the top corner.

His celebration underlined how much the goal meant to him. He was back – and so were Arsenal. Six months later they would be crowned champions.

And this was a big step in the right direction.

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27 Apr 2011