Arsenal have confirmed through their official website that Dennis Bergkamp will be honoured with a statue for his significant contributions to the club.
Bergkamp, who in now the Assistant Manager to Frank De Boer at Dutch giants Ajax, will be present as the guest of honour at the unveiling of the statue later this month.
The 44-year-old joined Arsenal from Inter Milan for a reported fee of £7.5m in 1995 – then breaking the club’s transfer record.
Arsene Wenger’s appointment as Arsenal manager in 1996 marked a turning point in Bergkamp’s career, as the Dutchman became more influential at the club and, during the next decade, became an Arsenal legend.
The former Dutch international helped Arsenal win three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. He also played a huge part in the 'Invincibles' side of 2003/04, when the Gunners went through the entire domestic league season unbeaten.
Arguably Bergkamp’s finest moment in an Arsenal shirt came on his return from suspension in March 2003 - during an FA Cup tie away at Newcastle United. Begkamp exquisitely controlled a Robert Pires pass, flicking the ball round defender Nikos Dabizas before slotting past keeper Shay Given (see Youtube video below) – a goal which then Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson said: 'You can't blame anyone for that. You just have to accept that Bergkamp did a beautiful thing'.
After 11 years at Arsenal, Bergkamp retired in 2006, scoring a total of 120 goals for the club.
Bergkamp will join the likes of Herbert Chapman, Thierry Henry and Tony Adams - who all have statues at the Emirates – and will come onto the pitch at half-time during Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Sunderland on February 22nd to receive the appreciation of the home supporters.
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