Arsenal paid tribute to one of their greatest ever players today by unveiling a statue of Dennis Bergkamp outside the Emirates Stadium this morning.
The Dutchman made more than 400 appearances for the Gunners having joined the club in 1995, and provided some of the most memorable moments in the club's history during his time in north London.
The 44-year-old, who is now assistant manager at Ajax, helped the Gunners to three league titles and four FA Cups in his time with the club.
He joins the likes of Tony Adams and Thierry Henry, who have also been immortalised in stone outside of Arsenal's ground.
“I spoke to Thierry Henry last night and he warned me about this moment, he said ‘you will be fine until you have to talk a little bit, and you will be emotional’, that happens to me now,” Bergkamp said at the unveiling.
“All this makes you realise how many good years we had here and how big this club has become over the last 20 years. I was just happy to play a role in that.
“You all see me as a team player, and there is only one statue of me, but I believe it is part of a whole team that I was involved in which made me shine.
“When you think of that team, it is not only the quality players around you, it is the fantastic manager, the staff around the club.
“I would like to thank my friends and family as well, they have been there from the beginning in my career -- thank you to Henrita, my wife.
“We made this adventure together and have four beautiful children who were all born in England.
“Last but not least, I had a very good relationship with the fans. You were very patient with me. In the first six or seven games of my career, a lot of people spoke about that, is he good or not? Can he do it?
“We proved them all wrong and are where we are now, and it is all down to the fans because you had belief in me, in the team, so this is how it ends with a beautiful statue.”
Bergkamp is revered at Arsenal for his magnificent technique and spectacular goals - and now seems like as good a time as ever to look back on some of his best moments in red.
Check out the videos to see his greatest ever goals, skills and skills for Arsenal - and also perhaps the most iconic goal of his career for the Netherlands against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup.
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