On This Day - 1995 - Arsenal sign Dennis Bergkamp

Bergkamp v Aston Villa - 1998

Bergkamp would go on to become an Arsenal legend.


Bergkamp (scoring for Arsenal v Newcastle - 2002

There could be a strong case put forward that Dennis Bergkamp was the best signing in the Premier League era - as he joined Arsenal from Internazionale for £7.5 million under Bruce Rioch. 

His time at the club would be memorable as he won four FA Cups and three Premier League titles - the latter of the three as part of the Invincibles side - under Arsene Wenger's management. Bergkamp made a total of 423 appearances during an 11-year spell at Highbury, scoring 120 goals. During the double winning season of 1997/98, he was awarded the PFA's Player of the Year award along with the Football Writers' equivalent.

Bergkamp v Aston Villa - 1998

It is an impressive contribution, but it would be a little unfair to judge Bergkamp's contribution to Arsenal by numbers alone as there were some breathtaking moments. 

Supporters of any club will remember that touch of class in a match against Newcastle United, where a sublime touch with his back to goal allowed him to take the defender out of the game, and put himself through on goal to finish in the coolest fashion.

It was not the only kind of spectacular goal he was capable of. Chipping goalkeepers with grace and strikes from distance were all in his locker. He was a player with terrific technique and intelligence that made any opponent sit up and take notice and ensure teammates would feel that little bit better being on the same side as him.

He may have only broke 20 goals in just one season, but Bergkamp was one of those players who could win a football match in just one moment of utter class. Little wonder he is still well loved at Arsenal today - so much so there is a statue of him outside the Emirates Stadium.

Dennis Bergkamp statue Emirates Stadium

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