On this day back in 2007, Arsenal were in need of something – or perhaps, someone – special. Cue Nicklas Bendtner.
Drawing 1-1 with 10 minutes to go following a dramatic north London derby with fierce rivals Tottenham, the 'Lord' was summoned and he duly delivered.
While many doubting fans may have hung their heads at the sight of his number appearing on the fourth official's substitution board, the man who once declared himself as the best striker in the world was full of confidence as he entered the field of play. And so he should have been.
Within six seconds of his arrival, the enigmatic Dane powered in a bullet header to snatch the bragging rights, secure three precious points as the Gunners returned to the Premier League's summit and write his name into the history books.
14 years from his moment of magic, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the super speedy strikes from substitutes in the Premier League. Blink and you might miss them.
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4 = Gerard Deulofeu – 17 seconds
A rapid-fire Raheem Sterling hat-trick in the space of 15 second-half minutes had all but secured Manchester City all three points against Watford at the Etihad back in March 2019, but the Hornets did claim a commendable consolation.
After being introduced on 66 minutes, Gerard Deulofeu made an instant impact as he latched on to Troy Deeney's knock-down to hit a rapid response only 17 seconds after coming off the bench.
The Spaniard's swift strike secured him a place in the Premier League's top five quickest goals by a substitute, but he was left to share fourth place with another 17-second man.
4 = Andrew Johnson – 17 seconds
With Fulham trailing to relegation strugglers Wolves with a little over 10 minutes remaining in a late-season clash back in April 2011, Andy Johnson entered the fray as a replacement for fellow forward Clint Dempsey.
It took only 17 seconds for the frontman to make his mark, driving home a dramatic equaliser after Bobby Zamora's lay-off to salvage a point for the Cottagers.
While Johnson's strike was a dagger to Wolves hearts at the time, the midlanders managed to stay up, securing their top-flight status on the final day of the season.
3. Antoine Sibierski – 15 seconds
Basement club Derby looked to be battling their way to a much-needed point against Wigan in August of 2008 before Antoine Sibierski produced a moment of magic.
Fresh from entering the pitch as a late replacement for Denny Landzaat, the French midfielder drilled home the winner after Marcus Bent's knock-down to seal a first Premier League away win of the season for the Latics.
The defeat was a seventh consecutive home loss for doomed Derby in a season that broke records for all the wrong reasons.
2. Sammy Ameobi – 8 seconds
With Newcastle trailing Tottenham to an Emmanuel Adebayor strike at half-time, Alan Pardew made a masterstroke of a substitution.
Sammy Ameobi was sent on immediately after the interval to change the game for the Magpies, and he did exactly that.
Only eight seconds after coming off the bench, the winger raced on to Jack Colback's threaded through ball before smashing home the equaliser.
The moment triggered an incredible turnaround for the Toon as Ayoze Perez then struck a second to secure a 2-1 triumph at White Hart Lane and provide Pardew with a much needed win at the time.
1. Bendtner – 6 seconds
And back to the man himself.
Adebayor had given the Gunners a precious lead, slotting home after a Cesc Fabregas back heel before Robbie Keane assisted Dimitar Berbatov for the Spurs equaliser in remarkably similar fashion.
Keane then squandered a golden opportunity to secure a first Tottenham win over Arsenal since 1999, as Manuel Almunia denied him from the penalty spot, before Bendtner once again hit the headlines.
Six seconds after trotting on to the pitch, the flamboyant forward found himself free in the box following a corner and the cult hero duly etched his name further into Premier League folklore.
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