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 Dennis Bergkamp completing the hat-trick against Leicester in 1997.
Read on for the story of his goal and click the PLAY button above to watch our FREE video clip.
Bergkamp v Leicester City (A) 08-27-1997
So far in our list of Golden Goals, we have seen some amazing strikes from a wide litany of players. For some they make but one appearance. But for others – such as Dennis Bergkamp – their artistry is on display numerous times.
This marks the Dutch master’s fifth Golden Goal and even by 'Bergkampian' standards, this strike stood out.
In a midweek away game at Leicester in late summer, Bergkamp was simply untouchable. He opened the scoring within 10 minutes with a curling shot into the top corner. He added a second early in the second half as Arsenal looked to be well on their way to victory.
But the Foxes would storm back. In the 84th minute Emile Heskey gave Leicester hope, and Matt Elliott made it 2-2 in stoppage time.
Bergkamp, however, was not finished. Less than a minute after Elliott’s equalizer David Platt spotted Bergkamp running into the left-hand side of the box and lofted a perfect pass into the Dutchman's path.
In a moment of pure genius, the Dutchman immediately controlled the ball with a feather-like first touch. He then flicked it back past Elliott with his left foot. While the Leicester defender scrambled to recover, Bergkamp, ever so coolly, placed the ball into the top corner past a helpless Kasey Keller.
Despite one more late Leicester goal and the Gunners only earning one point on the night, Bergkamp still rates that goal as his finest in an Arsenal shirt. Speaking before his testimonial in July 2006, he explained why.
"My favorite would be the hat-trick goal against Leicester because when you play football you have certain things in your mind which you want to achieve, and this was like that," he said.
"In my mind I knew I wanted to do it like that and it worked exactly as I had planned it just two seconds before. With these sorts of goals there is a lot of skill involved and it has to come together."29 Jun 2011