Arsenal unveil Dennis Bergkamp statue

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Arsenal have today officially unveiled a giant bronze statue of legendary Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp, who in back at the Emirates in person to check out the tribute for himself.

Bergkamp spent a glorious 11 years at Arsenal after swapping Inter Milan for North London in 1995, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

The Dutch international scored 120 goals for the Gunners before retiring when Arsenal left Highbury in 2006, before officially opening the Emirates with a testimonial match against Ajax players from past and present that summer.

Arsenal chose to make Bergkamp the latest player immortalized in bronze outside the Emirates this year, joining Tony Adams, Herbert Chapman and Thierry Henry in permanent form outside the club's 60,000-seater stadium.

A large crowd gathered to see the statue outside the Emirates at 11.30am, with Bergkamp admitting he was emotional to see the piece before declaring: "This is a beautiful club.

"You (the fans) were very patient with me," he said.

"We had some comments. We proved them all wrong."

The 44-year-old has taken time away from his coaching role at Ajax to be at the Emirates today and will be on the pitch at half-time of Arsenal's Premier League clash with Sunderland.

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