Dennis Bergkamp ‘honoured’ by Arsenal statue unveiling
Dennis Bergkamp reveals his pride after Arsenal unveil a statue of the Dutch legend outside Emirates Stadium
Dennis Bergkamp has revealed his pride after Arsenal unveiled a statue of the Dutch legend outside Emirates Stadium.
The statue of Bergkamp, which is located outside the Clock End, to the south of the stadium, commemorates an Arsenal legend who enjoyed an 11-year career with the Gunners.
This is such a special moment to come back today and be honoured in this way
“I am just so honoured and today makes me very proud,” said Bergkamp. “It is great to come back today and see everyone at Arsenal again.
“Everyone knows that I love Arsenal and I had such a great time at the club. The fans, the staff and my team mates were fantastic.
“The team was also amazing and we had a lot of success over the years. For me and my family it was such an important and enjoyable period in our lives.
“This is such a special moment to come back today and be honoured in this way.”
The statue depicts Bergkamp in action for Arsenal at Newcastle United in a Premier League match on February 9 2003. The bronze cast statue is eight feet tall.
Bergkamp joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in June 1995 and went on to make a total of 423 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 120 goals, during which time he treated Arsenal supporters to some of the most exhilarating and skilful play by any Arsenal player ever.
Ken Friar, who unveiled the statue, was the club’s managing director at the time Bergkamp signed for Arsenal, said: “Arsenal Football Club is proud that this statue of Dennis Bergkamp will be on display outside Emirates Stadium.
“Dennis contributed so much to the club, whilst at the same time treating Arsenal fans to some of the most exciting football ever seen in this country.”
Friar continued: “This will now give Arsenal fans and visitors to the stadium an opportunity to remember this legend and pay their own tributes to this great man. This statue is immortalising a true fans’ favourite and celebrating the wonderful contribution of a simply unique footballer, whose skill and ability were an absolute joy to behold.”