Monday, August 17, 1998 Published at 10:18 GMT 11:18 UK
Overmars chops down Forest
Marc Overmars beats Dave Beasant to score the winner
Arsenal 2-1 Nottingham Forest
With just 11 minutes left on the clock and Forest looking to hold out for an unlikely point, the Dutchman picked up the ball in his own half.
He out-paced Steve Chettle and raced half the length of the pitch, before firing a shot from the edge of the area.
Forest, who have been written off as relegation fodder by many critics since losing first-choice strikers Kevin Campbell and Pierre Van Hooijdonk, provided determined opposition for the Gunners.
The home side had the majority of the chances, but they never looked thoroughly convincing, with Dennis Bergkamp in subdued mood.
Emmanuel Petit put the Gunners ahead with his first goal since the World Cup final on 58 minutes.
Bergkamp crossed a perfect free-kick from the right and Tony Adams rose above his marker to send a thunderous header against the bar.
Petit was quickest to react to the rebound and nodded into a gaping goal.
Arsene Wenger's side had their chances early on, but Forest survived the scares and, as the half went on, they began to find their top-flight feet.
Beasant was in fine form, keeping out efforts from Nicholas Anelka and Marc Overmars as his defence were caught napping at the start.
The veteran keeoer was beaten in the 23rd minute, but was relieved to see Anelka's shot rebound back off the woodwork.
Anelka chested down Patrick Vieira's cross with an exquisite first touch, before brushing aside Chettle and smacking a close-range shot against the post.
Wing-back Thierry Bonalair laid on a precise through-ball for the French striker, who raced clear of the defence and fired in a shot at the near post, which Seaman did well to save with his legs.
Arsenal: Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Adams, Anelka, Bergkamp, Overmars, Keown, Parlour, Petit. Subs: Bould, Manninger, Hughes, Garde, Boa Morte.
Nottm Forest: Beasant, Rogers, Chettle, Hjelde, Stone, Johnson, Armstrong, Thomas, Bonalair, Darcheville, Hodges. Subs: Crossley, Freedman, Lyttle, Dawson, Harewood.
Referee: M Riley (Leeds)