Former Arsenal and Rangers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst discusses favourite derby clash

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst spent time with Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona but ranks one derby above them all.

Arsenal fans always look forward to games against Tottenham Hotspur and Rangers' Old Firm rivalry with Celtic is well documented, but when it comes to derby days for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, one ranks above all others. 

The former Dutch national team captain, who enjoyed success with Barcelona where he competed in many an El Clasico, was talking this week about his appreciation of one particular fixture that has thrown up plenty of classics over the years.

"I have played many great games in my career," he told Voetbal International.

"But Feyenoord-Ajax is the most beautiful.”

There is no love lost between the Dutch rivals and with the teams set to meet in the KNVB Cup this week, tensions are already running high.

Van Bronckhorst has a special reason for speaking so positively about the upcoming game, he’s the current manager of Feyenoord.

Appointed to the role over the summer, the former Gers and Gunners star has enjoyed a great start to life in football management, with the Rotterdam giants on a run of five consecutive wins heading into this encounter.

He’s not getting too carried away though, telling reporters: “I look forward to this game, as we want to win the Cup.”

The last time Feyenoord won the KNVB Cup in 2008, Van Bronckhorst was club captain and there would be a certain symmetry to proceedings if he were to oversee another triumph in 2016.

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