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Saturday 02 March 2013

On this day: Dennis Bergkamp leaves Newcastle in a spin

In series on Premier League's history, the Arsenal striker's wondergoal sets up victory

  • Dennis Bergkamp got the better of Newcastle's Nikos Dabizas for the goal

  • After beating Dabizas Bergkamp showed his cool with his measured finish

  • The goal set Arsenal on their way to a key victory in their march towards the title rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.


On this day: 2 March 2002 Newcastle United 0-2 Arsenal

A brilliant goal from Dennis Bergkamp set Arsenal off towards a crucial win that helped them towards the Barclays Premier League title.

The goal in the 11th minute epitomized all the skills that Bergkamp possessed. Receiving the ball from Robert Pires on the left, the Dutchman showed great technique to flick it past one side of Nikos Dabizas, the Newcastle United defender, while pirouetting to pass the Greek on the other side.

Bergkamp then showed the physicality that had been instilled in him in training by his team-mates at Arsenal to hold off Dabizas, before demonstrating his cool to slip the ball past the onrushing Shay Given.

A goal from Sol Campbell 30 minutes later doubled Arsenal’s lead before half-time and they survived the second half without a major scare.

The victory was enough to return Arsenal to the top of the table, where they remained as the match was the third in a 13-match winning streak that took them to their second title under Arsene Wenger.

You can watch the goal and Begkamp explain how it happened here.

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