Tuesday 27 August 2013

On this day in 1997: Bergkamp stuns Foxes with hat-trick

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a a sublime hat-trick for Arsenal v Leicester

  • Bergkamp scored deep into injury-time, only for Leicester City to equalise

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 27 August 1997 - Leicester hold firm after Dennis Bergkamp hat-trick

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.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 Dennis Bergkamp's stunning hat-trick against Leicester City