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GGG40: Bergkamp v Bayer Leverkusen, 2002

It's time to reveal the Gunners' Greatest 50 Goals - as voted for by Arsenal's fans.

Dennis Bergkamp has his ‘hat-trick’ in our Top 50 countdown with this truly special finish that completes the Dutch master’s early treble.

The Gunners had gleaned four points from their opening three fixtures in the Champions League second group stage when Bayer Leverkusen were the visitors to Highbury in 2002. It was a clash Arsenal needed to win.

Robert Pires and Thierry Henry both swooped in an explosive opening seven minutes before Patrick Vieira all but sealed the points three minutes after the interval.

Arsenal were in cruise control when Bergkamp illuminated the evening with this strike seven minutes from time.

Sylvain Wiltord wriggled off the right flank and fed the Dutchman on the edge of the area. His first touch actually took him away from goal but as one Leverkusen defender closed in Bergkamp turned delightfully.

A little glimpse towards goal and one more touch on his right foot followed before he scooped a trademark chip over Hans-Jorg Butt from 20 yards.

The keeper was only a couple of yards off his line but the precision of the finish ensured that he would get nowhere near it.

Perhaps being the fourth goal in a 4-1 victory lessens the memory of the strike but this one belongs up there with the very best.

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