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 Andrey Arshavin's spectacular first goal in an Arsenal shirt.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Arshavin v Blackburn (H) 03-14-2009
Few players made a bigger splash upon their arrival at the Club as Andrey Arshavin. But while his most notable game that season was, of course, his four-goal performance at Anfield, the Russian playmaker's first strike in an Arsenal shirt stands out on its own merits.
At home against Blackburn, Arsenal held a one-goal lead midway through the second half when Denilson collected the ball on the halfway line. He swapped passes with Arshavin and Alex Song, and then raced forward through traffic. The Brazilian threaded a pass through the Blackburn defense and into Arshavin's path on the left.
The diminutive Russian met the ball near the corner flag. At that point, the play didn’t look like much, but Arshavin dropped a shoulder and slipped between Danny Simpson and the byline. He looked down and from the tightest of angles, lifted the ball over Paul Robinson and into the top corner of the net.
The Emirates – and Highbury before that – have seen some truly spectacular goals over the years but nothing quite like that.