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GGG47: Alan Sunderland v Man United, 1979

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

Alan Sunderland's dramatic late winner in the 'Five-minute final' at Wembley in 1979 is not the most attractive goal in the club's history - but few are more iconic.

The timing of the goal, the magnitude of the occasion and, of course, the delirious celebrations on the pitch, on the touchline and on the terraces all contributed to a spinetingling Arsenal moment which still resonates more than 30 years later.

For those who don't know the background, Arsenal were cruising in the FA Cup final thanks to first-half goals from Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton, both set up by the mercurial Liam Brady. Manchester United looked down and out but hit back through late strikes from Gordon McQueen and Sammy McIlroy.

Arsenal were stunned but there would be one more twist in this tale.

Brady picked up possession from the kick off and, determined to keep the ball away from danger, surged into the United half before pushing the ball out left to Graham Rix.

The placement of Brady's pass forced Rix to attack the ball and swing in a first-time cross. It was a beauty and Sunderland raced in at the far post to slide in the winner.

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