Arsene Wenger admits he was in awe whilst watching this famous Arsenal goal

Arsene Wenger

The Gunners manager talks about witnessing Dennis Bergkamp's famous turn-and-finish against Newcastle United in 2002.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club's official website that Dennis Bergkamp's famous goal against Newcastle United was one of those moments in football for which he just had to thank the player responsible. 

It was on this Wednesday's date 14 years ago that the Dutchman scored what has been voted as the Gunners' greatest goal by the club's fans.

The forward received a pass from Robert Pires with his back to goal, flicked the ball around Magpies' Nikolas Dabizas with his first touch, before spinning and holding off the Greek defender to slot home.

Wenger admitted that he was stunned by the brilliance of the goal, and lauded the strike as one of the greatest that he has ever witnessed.

He told the club's website: "You admire the skill of course but when the skill is linked with creativity and efficiency, that’s where you get down on your knees and say, ‘Thank you very much, I wanted to see that in my life’.

"We forget sometimes how quickly you have to make decisions around the box and how quickly you have to be perfect. When that all comes together you know that you will admire things even more, especially when you know it is something that you are not capable of doing.

"You would give up on it, you would not even try to do it. It’s an element of great technical skill but also of surprise. When the two come together, that’s where the admiration comes."

The goal was quite possibly the best of Bergkamp's 120 strikes he netted in 11 seasons with the North London club between 1995 and 2006.

However, he ran it close on numerous occasions, such as his hat-trick goal in a match with Leicester City at Filbert Street in 1998, when he controlled the ball perfectly out of the sky before switching it between his feet in mid-air and firing home.

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