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.
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.