By Alan Duffy
20 years ago today, a certain Dennis Bergkamp joined Arsenal for £7.5million, with the Gunners trebling their previous transfer record to secure the services of the attacker. However, after a disappointing time with Inter Milan, the big-money purchase Bergkamp was seen as something of a gamble by Arsenal boss Bruce Rioch.
Indeed, the former Ajax star took more than 10 hours to net his first competitive goal for his new team, with that goal coming against Southampton at Highbury in his eighth game. However, the rest is (a rather spectacular) history which saw the former Ajax man play a huge role in the north Londoners’ footballing evolution.
Three league titles, four FA cups and 120 goals later, the Dutch master’s last involvement for the Gunners came with an unused sub appearance in the 2006 Champions League final.
Now, a statue outside the Emirates pays fitting homage to an Arsenal and Premier League great…
Here’s the non-flying Dutchman’s 120 goals for the Gunners in all their twinkle-toed, curling beauty…
Bergkamp has been assistant manager at Ajax since 2011 but has often spoken of a return to Arsenal.
Can’t see too many Gooners being unhappy about that possibility!