Thierry Henry scores as part of a hat trick vs. Middlesbrough
Recently I was looking through the programs from the Arsenal games that I have attended over the past 12 years. It was then I realized that I was lucky enough to be in the stands for two games in which Thierry Henry scored a hat trick for the Gunners.
The first occurred on my initial visit to Highbury on Boxing Day 2000, as Arsenal played host to Leicester City. Henry scored three for the home side, while Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and captain Tony Adams each added goals in an easy 6-1 victory.
The second took place during Arsenal's last season at Highbury. I travelled to London on January 14, 2006, and the Gunners again came up big. Henry tallied three goals once more. Also on the score sheet that day was Philippe Senderos, Robert Pires, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb. Highbury was rocking, as the Gunners inflicted a 7-0 beating upon Steve McClaren's Middlesbrough.
Knowing that I was fortunate enough to have seen two great games including Henry hat tricks made me curious about Arsenal's hat trick scorers during the Premier League era.
In total, there have been 30 Arsenal hat tricks since the beginning of the EPL and 16 different scorers. Here is the complete list.
Thierry Henry put three past Leicester's Tim Flowers
Thierry Henry is Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 226 total goals in all competitions. Before leaving North London for Barcelona and then New York, Henry notched eight Arsenal hat tricks:
December 26, 2000 vs. Leicester 6-1 win.
January 19, 2003 vs. West Ham United 3-1 win.
April 9, 2004 vs. Liverpool 4-3 win.
April 16, 2004 vs. Leeds 5-0 win.
March 5, 2005 vs. Portsmouth 3-0 win.
April 2, 2005 vs. Norwich City 4-1 win.
January 14, 2006 vs. Middlesbrough 7-0 win.
May 7, 2006 vs. Wigan 4-2 win.
Ian Wright scores another for Arsenal
Prior to Thierry Henry, Ian Wright had become Arsenal's all-time leading scorer. During his time in North London, Wright registered a total of 185 goals in just 288 appearances. He scored five hat tricks during his seven years with Arsenal.
March 5, 1994 at Ipswich Town 1-5 win.
March 19, 1994 at Southampton 0-4 win.
April 15, 1995 vs. Ipswich Town 4-1 win.
September 16, 1996 vs. Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 win.
September 13, 1997 vs. Bolton 4-1 win.
Adebayor was on target for three Arsenal hat tricks
Emmanuel Adebayor spent four seasons with Arsenal before becoming unsettled and departing for Manchester City and beyond. During his time with the Gunners, Adebayor secured three hat tricks.
September 22, 2007 vs. Derby County 5-0 win.
April 28, 2008 at Derby Country 2-6 win.
September 13, 2008 at Blackburn 0-4 win.
Kevin Campbell scored two hat tricks for Arsenal
During his time with Arsenal, Kevin Campbell was often partnered up front with Ian Wright. In 166 appearances for Arsenal, Campbell scored 46 goals.
September 11, 1993 vs. Ipswich Town 4-0 win.
December 27, 1993 vs. Swindon Town 4-0 win.
Dennis Bergkamp scoring one of many Arsenal goals
One of Arsenal's greatest players of all time, the Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp spent 11 seasons in North London.
In 411 appearances for Arsenal, Bergkamp scored 120 times. Despite the number of goals and many braces, Bergkamp had just one hat trick during his time with Arsenal.
August 27, 1997 vs. Leicester City 3-3 draw.
Before acquiring the nickname "Le Sulk," Nicolas Anelka arrived at Arsenal in 1997 at the age of 17. He was named the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 1998-1999 season, during which he scored his one Arsenal hat trick. He has since done the same one time each for Manchester City and Chelsea.
February 20, 1999 vs. Leicester City 5-0 win.
Nwankwo Kanu put three past Chelsea
Nigerian striker Nwankwo Kanu spent five seasons with Arsenal and scored a total of 30 goals. His one and only Arsenal hat trick is remembered fondly by many, as his three goals in a span of 15 minutes turned an Arsenal two-goal deficit into a victory.
October 23, 1999 at Chelsea 2-3 win.
Marc Overmars slots one past Middlesbrough
Marc Overmars only spent three seasons with the Gunners, but he was a popular player and is remembered for some important goals.
Overmars scored the only goal of the game in a March 1998 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Arsenal went on to win the EPL title that season by one point.
Overmars secured his one Arsenal hat trick on the same day that fellow Dutchman Dennis Berkgamp netted the team's other two goals.
November 21, 1999 vs. Middlesbrough 5-1 win.
Ray Parlour scores against Newcastle
Midfielder Ray Parlour spent 14 seasons with Arsenal and is fondly remembered as an important part of Arsenal's double winning teams of 1997-1998 and 2001-2002. In the 2002 FA Cup Final, Parlour scored the opening goal in Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Chelsea.
His one and only Arsenal hat trick came against Newcastle United.
December 10, 2000 vs. Newcastle 5-0 win.
Sylvain Wiltord scores against West Ham United
Sylvain Wiltord spent just four seasons with Arsenal but experienced a lot of success during his time with the club.
He was a part of The Invincibles, who went 49 games unbeaten between 2003-2004. He also was a member of the 2001-2002 squad that won both the EPL and FA Cup. Wiltord helped secure the title for Arsenal that season, as he scored the only goal in Arsenal's win at Old Trafford in May of 2002.
He was also a part of the teams that won the 2003 FA Cup and the 2004 Premier League title.
Wiltord's one Arsenal hat trick came in 2001.
March 3, 2001 vs. West Ham United 3-0 win.
Jermaine Pennant spent six seasons with Arsenal
Jermaine Pennant arrived at Arsenal at the age of 15 with lots of promise. Despite that, he never cemented his place in the team and was eventually loaned out before moving on.
In his seven years with Arsenal, Pennant made only five starts for the Gunners. It was in his first league start for Arsenal that Pennant scored his one and only hat trick. His three goals that day were the only three goals in his entire Arsenal career.
May 7, 2003 Arsenal vs. Southampton 6-1 win.
Super Robert Pires
Robert Pires is considered one of the best Arsenal players of all time. The midfielder spent six seasons with the Gunners and was a major part of Arsenal's 2002 and 2004 championships, as well as The Invincibles squad that went 49 games unbeaten.
Pires led the EPL in assists for the 2001-2002 campaign and was named Arsenal's Player of the Season.
In 284 appearances for Arsenal, Pires tallied 84 goals and 43 Premier League assists.
His one Arsenal hat trick came on the same days as Jermaine Pennant's in a victory over Southampton.
May 7, 2003 Arsenal vs. Southampton 6-1 win.
Freddie Ljungberg is congratulated by Thierry Henry
Freddie Ljungberg was another important part of Arsenal's championship teams in 1998, 2002 and 2004, and he, too, was part of The Invincibles. Ljungberg scored the second goal in the 2002 FA Cup, as Arsenal went on to defeat Chelsea 2-0 and secure the trophy to complete The Double.
Ljungberg made 218 appearances for Arsenal and netted 46 goals. He scored one hat trick during his time in North London.
May 11, 2003 at Sunderland 0-4 win.
Andrei Arshavin netted four at Anfield
Andrei Arshavin joined Arsenal in February 2009. Since then, he has shown signs of brilliance and at other times has completely frustrated fans with a lack of form.
Arshavin has scored 23 goals for Arsenal in 85 appearances. His most memorable Arsenal performance came against Liverpool, as he scored all four of the Gunners' goals in a back and forth contest. He became the first player since 1946 to score four times in a match at Anfield.
April 21, 2009 at Liverpool 4-4 draw.
Theo Walcott welcomes Blackpool to the EPL
At 22, Theo Walcott is still in the early part of his career. He made his Arsenal debut at the age of 17 and is the youngest player to have played for the England national team.
Walcott has scored 19 goals for Arsenal and three times for the England senior squad. Walcott's future is bright, so his scoring records will certainly keep going up.
Walcott secured his sole hat trick for the Gunners in the first game of the 2010-2011 season against Ian Holloway's newly promoted Blackpool team.
August 21, 2010 vs. Blackpool 6-0 win.
Robin Van Persie celebrates a goal
Current Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie scored his 99th and 100th goals for Arsenal last month in a game against Bolton. He is also a major part of the Dutch national team, which most recently made it to the 2010 World Cup Finals.
While Van Persie has been out injured a number of times during his Arsenal career, his current form has been excellent, and fans are expecting many more goals from the striker.
Van Persie notched his first Arsenal hat trick this past January versus Wigan.
January 22, 2011 vs. Wigan 3-0 win.