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Arsenal: Was this their most perfect goal?

November 5 not only represents a time for sparklers and fireworks, but also marks the anniversary of the Arsenal debut of Tony Adams, a man so pivotal in the club's illustrious history that he is immortalised outside the Emirates Stadium.

On this day in 1983, Adams made his maiden appearance for the Gunners against Sunderland, only four weeks after his 17th birthday, and this occasion has prompted GMS to get all misty-eyed about the former England captain.

One instance in Adams' career particularly stands, and that goal against Everton in May 1998 could fairly be heralded as the most perfect goal in Arsenal history.

Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp may have scored more perfect goals in terms of pure technique and execution, but the perfection of Adams' strike lies in a moment of total redemption, as he led Arsenal to the Premier League title, two years after revealing his career-threatening drink problem.

Arsenal already had the league crown in the bag on that day at a sun-kissed Highbury, with the home side three goals to the good, but Adams provided the ideal finish to a glorious season for the Gunners.

It is a moment that still defies tactical logic as Adams, in the position of a centre-forward, was found by a pass from defensive partner Steve Bould, but the finish was one of of supreme quality.

What on earth was he doing there? Quite frankly, it did not matter. "That sums it all up," screamed Martin Tyler as Adams turned away, striking his now iconic celebratory pose. The perfect moment to end a perfect afternoon.

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