Tuesday 27 August 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp scored one of the most memorable hat-tricks in the Barclays Premier League era, but home side Leicester City roared back for a share of the spoils in injury-time at Filbert Street.
Bergkamp opened the scoring from outside the penalty area with a curling strike into the far corner, before beating the on-rushing Kasey Keller in the Foxes goal for his second after a sublime counter-attacking move.
Martin O’Neill's Leicester team pulled late two goals back - Matt Elliott equalising in the 90th minute - but Bergkamp controlled a lofted pass over his shoulder with the outside of his right boot in the area moments later, knocked the ball inside the defender with his left instep without the ball touching the ground and slotted in from close range with his third touch, before an incredulous Filbert Street crowd.
However, Arsenal could not defend a corner deep into injury time and Steve Walsh powered in a header inside the six-yard box for a last-gasp equaliser.
Bergkamp was Arsenal's record signing when manager Bruce Rioch recruited the Dutchman from Inter Milan in 1995 and the Netherlands striker went on to make a total of 315 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Gunners, scoring 87 goals.