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 Michael Thomas' legendary goal at Anfield in 1989.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Thomas v Liverpool (A) 05-26-1989
Throughout the history of modern sports, there have been some truly iconic moments. And some of those moments are remembered nearly as much for the play-by-play call that accompanied them as for the event itself.
Consider Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World:
“The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the Pennant!”
Or the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s Miracle on Ice:
“Do you believe in miracles? Yes!”
And for Arsenal fans, it would be Michael Thomas’ goal at Anfield in 1989:
"Thomas, charging through the midfield... it's up for grabs now... Thomas, right at the end!"
It's been 22 years since commentator Brian Moore described the thrilling climax to the 1988/89 season and Arsenal fans know the words off by heart.
And no wonder. Football just does not get more dramatic than it did on that famous night at Anfield. And this Golden Goal is surely one of the most famous evenings in Arsenal's history.
The match between Liverpool and Arsenal was originally scheduled for April 23rd, but was delayed as a result of the tragic events at Hillsborough one week earlier. It was moved to May 26th – after Liverpool won the FA Cup.
As a result of the delay, the two teams found themselves even on points, with just goal difference separating the two clubs. Arsenal had to win by two clear goals to snatch the title from Liverpool - a feat few thought possible at the 1980s fortress which was Anfield.
Alan Smith's glancing header in the 52nd minute gave Arsenal hope, but as the game entered stoppage time, it was looking as though George Graham's valiant team would miss out on First Division glory.
Then it happened.
John Lukic threw the ball out to Lee Dixon, who sent a long pass to Smith. He controlled the ball, turned and found a charging Thomas. A fortunate bounce off Steve Nicol left Thomas clear on goal and, as the Liverpool defenders converged on him, the midfielder flicked the ball past Bruce Grobbelaar.
It was Arsenal’s first league title since the 1971 Double-winning season. And it’s the stuff legends are made of.1 Jun 2011