Dennis Bergkamp’s unforgettable goal against Newcastle United has been chosen as the best Premier League goal ever, according to BBC Sport readers.
To mark the 25th year of the Premier League, BBC Sport took the Goal of the Season – as voted on by viewers and readers – from each of the last 25 seasons, narrowed the choices down to five and then asked people to vote on which they thought was the best.
With 31% of the vote, Dennis Bergkamp’s turn and cool finish against Newcastle in 2002 was named the best goal ever in the Premier League.
The Arsenal striker, with his back to goal, flicked a pass around the outside of Newcastle’s Nikos Dabizas, all the time spinning in the opposite direction, before holding off the defender and passing the ball into the back of the net. The move took mere seconds but will be remembered for a lifetime.
His goal beat out Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick against Manchester City in 2012, Tony Yeboah’s rocket against Wimbledon in 1995, Thierry Henry’s pitch-length run against Spurs in 2002 and Arsenal’s team goal against Norwich in 2013.
The goal encapsulated Dennis Bergkamp as a player, demonstrating his sublime technique and composure in front of goal. He, of course, intended to do it. Bergkamp scored many wonder goals during his Arsenal career, but many agree that it was this goal against Newcastle that topped them all.
Bergkamp has scored some incredible goals in his career, but still people don’t know how he pulled off such a trick to evade the Newcastle defender behind him with one touch, let alone have the strength to hold him off and finish coolly into the back of the net.