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Saturday 21 September 2013

On this day in 1997: Winterburn's winner at Chelsea

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a cracking goal at Stamford Bridge rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 21 September 1997 - Winterburn's winner at Chelsea

A Nigel Winterburn screamer gave Arsenal a memorable victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Although the match was only their seventh of the campaign, the win would prove a vital one in Arsenal's battle for the Barclays Premier League title.

The Gunners, with manager Arsene Wenger in his first full campaign at the club, had started the season well with three wins and three draws while Ruud Gullitt’s Chelsea had got off to a flyer with four wins from their opening five matches, scoring 17 goals.

"Our experience won the game in three areas"
Arsene Wenger

Gus Poyet put Chelsea ahead on 40 minutes with a tap-in from Michael Duberry’s header back across goal, only for Dennis Bergkamp to reply just before the break before putting the visitors ahead on 58 minutes.

Although Gianfranco Zola equalised for Chelsea soon afterwards from a cross by Paul Hughes, the home side had to play the last 23 minutes with 10 men following Frank Lebouef’s dismissal for a second yellow card.

Chelsea looked as though they had managed to hold on but with two minutes to go, Winterburn collected the ball in midfield and was allowed to charge forward unchallenged. When he was 30 yards out, he let fly with an unstoppable left-foot shot that flew into the top far corner past goalkeeper Ed de Goey.

"Our experience won the game in three areas," said Wenger. "There were many situations where they needed to keep clam; when it is 11 against 10, younger players may rush it and you need to keep calm; and one of our experienced players won it."

To watch the goal and to hear Winterburn and Ray Parlour talk about the match, click on the video below.

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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 a memorable goal for Nigel Winterburn sealing victory at Stamford Bridge