Arsenal have unveiled a statue of legendary forward Dennis Bergkamp at Emirates Stadium followed by a presentation at half time of their Premier League win over Sunderland.
The statue of Bergkamp in action for Arsenal at Newcastle United in a Premier League match on February 9, 2003, will be located above the Armoury Store and joins a growing list of immortalized legends such as Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry around Emirates Stadium.
The Dutchman was present for the unveiling which took place at lunchtime on Saturday and said:
I am just so honoured and today makes me very proud. It is great to come back and see everyone at Arsenal again.
Everyone knows 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 and be honoured in this way.
The Dutchman joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in June 1995 and went on to make a total of 423 appearances for the Club, scoring 120 goals. He became an integral member of Wenger’s conquering side during his 11 year spell in north London, and was known for his exceptional skill and touch, not to mention some incredible goals.
He won seven major honours, including the ‘Invincibles’ unbeaten Premier League season of 2003/04.