This is hands-down the best goal scored in a Manchester United v Arsenal game

Over the years, Manchester United and Arsenal have contested some truly mesmerising football matches, scoring some exceptional goals in the process.

The FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park in 1999 was a ludicrously good game, that ended with Ryan Giggs weaving his way through Arsenal’s defence and burying the ball past David Seaman to clinch the tie.

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Then there was United’s thumping 8-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford in 2011; a completely unprecedented result that scarred young stars like Carl Jenkinson for months to come.

But one goal stands out above the rest – even above Giggs’s wonder goal in 1999.

Step forward Thierry Henry.

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Arsenal’s all-time top scorer had a knack for bagging spectacular goals, but in October 2000 he netted perhaps his best ever goal.

With 30 minutes on the clock and the game locked at 0-0, Henry flicked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area with his back to goal. As the ball was still rising, he hooked a volley with his right boot, sending the ball goalwards.

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Although it didn’t look as though he’d hit it that hard, the stunned Arsenal crowd were still sat firmly in their seats when the ball sailed past the stranded Fabien Barthez and into the top corner. 1-0 Arsenal. Game over.

Minds were blown, Andy Gray went nuts on Sky Sports, and Henry was another step along the road of becoming the Premier League’s best ever frontman.

Here it is in all its glory

You can pick up your very own Arsenal 2000-01 shirt here 

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