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Sylvain wiltord: scourge of Chelsea..

Sylvain Wiltord scored 49 times during his Arsenal career, despite spending much of it behind Bergkamp and Kanu in the queue to partner Henry, or shunted out to the right-wing. Yet many of his goals were crucial.

The one that secured the title at Old Trafford has become a part of Arsenal folklore, but he would go on to score another as we dumped United out of the cup at their place nine months later. A vital goal at a rain-lashed Goodison Park in February 2002, a last-minute equaliser at West Ham later that year are also good examples of his ability to deliver when the team had been backed into corner.

He also loved scoring against Chelsea, coming off the bench to score two against them in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 2001 and grabbing a winner against them on Boxing Day 2001 - but his goal at Stamford Bridge in a 2003 FA Cup replay is one of the most satisfying I have seen as an Arsenal fan.

As Vieira surged down the pitch leaving Lampard and Petit trailing in his wake before Wiltord dispatched the ball with an almost disinterested aplomb, you almost believed we would have Chelsea under our thumb forever...

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