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Sunday 19 May 2013

On this day: Le Tissier strikes in the Dell's fairytale finale

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Southampton's winning finish at the Dell

  • Matt Le Tissier celebrates a stunning winner on Southampton's last league match at the Dell

  • Substitute Le Tissier fired a superb volley on the turn past Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger

  • The Southampton talisman was mobbed by fans on the pitch after the final whistle

  • Hassan Kachloul (right) twice equalised for Saints after going 1-0 and 2-1 behind

  • Ashley Cole threatened to spoil the party with Arsenal's opening goal

  • Southampton said farewell to the Dell, their home for 103 years rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 19 May 2001 Southampton 3-2 Arsenal

Matt Le Tissier gave Southampton's home ground, The Dell, a perfect farewell with a magnificent match-winning volley in a 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Arsenal.

The stage was set for Le Tissier, who provided many moments of brilliance during a 16-year career at his only professional club, as he came off the bench to seal victory in Saints' final league match of the season.

Southampton would move to St Mary's Stadium, a £30m, 32,500-seat, in the summer but they fittingly brought down the curtain on a 103-year stay at their old ground with a shock victory over Arsenal, who had been pipped to the title by Manchester United.

Arsenal left back Ashley Cole, 20, gave the visitors the lead in the first half when he fired past  Paul Jones at the second attempt after a fine solo run.

Morocco midfielder Hassan Kachloul levelled proceedings with a spectacular strike but the Gunners threatened to spoil the party once more when Freddie Ljungberg put Arsene Wenger's side back in front on 54 minutes.

Kachloul was on hand to equalise again for the hosts and on 89 minutes the ball broke to Le Tissier, who had come on 14 minutes earlier, on the edge of the box, and he fired a left-footed volley on the turn past Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger.

The Saints fans flooded on to the pitch on the final whistle and celebrated with Stuart Gray's victorious side. The Dell, with a capacity of less than 16,000, was traditionally a tough stomping ground for the visitors and Saints defeated league winnners Manchester United at home just six days before overcoming the Gunners.

Le Tissier was with Southampton for his entire playing career and built a reputation for scoring sensational goals, including a strike against Blackburn Rovers that was voted Match of the Day's goal of the season in the 1994/95 campaign. He scored 101 times in the Barclays Premier League for Saints before hanging up his boots in 2002.

For more on Le Tissier, including the winning goal in this match, watch our Cult Hero video.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Matt Le Tissier scoring a fairytale winner against Arsenal in Southampton's last league game at the Dell