Arsenal had a new arrival at the Emirates on Thursday…
The Gunners will pay tribute to Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp in the form of a statue in the Ajax coach’s likeness outside the Emirates. The striker who spent 11 years at the club, making over 400 appearances and scoring 120 goals will join the club’s record goal scorer Thierry Henry outside the club’s stadium.
The 44-year-old’s statue will be unveiled by the club officially later this month. The statue is set in the image of the Dutchman’s wonder goal against Newcastle in May 2002.
Bergkamp arrived at the old Highbury in 1995 just before manager Arsene Wenger began his career with the club in 1996. Bergkamp went on to win three Premier League titles with Arsenal, including two doubles with the FA Cup wind in 1998 and 2002 as well as in 2003 and 2005.
As an individual Bergkamp’s honours include Dutch Football Talent of the Year in 1990, Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1991 and 1992, World Top Goal Scorer of the Year in 1992, Ballon d’Or Bronze Award in 1992 and Silver Award in 1993, PFA Team of the Year in 1997/98, FWA Footballer of the Year in 1997/98, FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1998 and Premier League Goal of the Season in 1997/98 and 2001/02.
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