On this day 1999: Kanu hat-trick inspires incredible comeback

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Arsenal fans will often place it on various lists or polls of the club's most memorable moments in  recent times and watching it again it is hard not to smile, whatever your allegiances.

14 years ago today Nwankwo Kanu pulled off possibly the best one-man comeback the Premier League has ever seen when he dragged the Gunners back from what looked like certain defeat against Chelsea in 1999.

Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu headers either side of half time had given the Blues a comfortable lead going into the final 15 minutes and the3 Stamford Bridge crowd were in full voice at the prospect of a good win over their London rivals.

Instead they left the ground in quiet disbelief at what they had witnessed in that final quarter of an hour.

Kanu stopped a weak Marc Overmars shot 15 yards out and toed home Arsenal's first goal to halve the deficit.

It was all square in the 80th minute when the Nigerian touched a low Overmars cross around the corner and smashed the ball inside the near post from just outside the six-yard box - but the best was yet to come.

An unbelievable period of play saw Kanu snatch the points away from Chelsea in the 90th minute with a simply outstanding strike - blocking a clearance on the right touchline, he skips past goalkeeper Ed de Goey on the touchline just inside the box and slams home an incredible strike from the most acute of angles over the heads of Marcel Desailly and Frank Leboeuf.

It was one of Arsenal's most memorable victories in the Wenger era and you can relive Kanu's excellence in the video above...

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