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 Cesc Fabregas' stunner against AC Milan in 2008.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Fabregas v AC Milan (A) 03-04-2008
In 2008, Arsenal had crashed out of the Carling Cup and FA Cup at the hands of Tottenham and Manchester United respectively. So when they drew 0-0 at home to AC Milan in the Champions League, you couldn’t blame them if their nerves were frayed a bit. But as in 2003 against Inter, the San Siro would play host to a remarkable Arsenal performance highlighted by a remarkable goal.
Just as in the first leg, Arsenal dominated the Rossoneri and deserved to be in front. But with six minutes remaining, the deadlock was still unbroken and their outlook in the Champions League was looking grim.
Enter Cesc Fabregas. With time running down, Alex Hleb initiated the attack by dispossessing Andrea Pirlo and finding the Spaniard inside the center circle. Fabregas burst forward and blew past Gennaro Gattuso. He was still 30 yards from goal but still let fly. The ball bounced once and sailed beyond the grasp of Zeljko Kalac into the bottom corner.
The traveling fans erupted and Fabregas slid on his knees in celebration in front of the dug-out. It was truly a moment to behold.
Emmanuel Adebayor added another in the final minute to seal a well-deserved win and passage to the Quarter Final. The game marked Milan's first home defeat by an English club, and for a while, it also convinced Arsenal fans that 2008 could be their year in Europe.