Arsenal.com states that on May 10th 1969, former Arsenal defender Dennis Bergkamp was born in Amsterdam, Holland. Born Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp, our flying Dutchman started off as a wide midfielder, before playing as a main striker, before finally settling on the number 10 role where he was to play for the rest of his professional career.
The playmaker made his debut for Arsenal on the opening day of the 1995/96 season after completing a summer switch from Serie A side Inter Milan. The then 26-year old had a quiet afternoon on his first game in Arsenal shades as the Gunners drew 1-1 with Middlesborough at Highbury.
Bergkamp’s first competitive goal came on his 8th appearance for the club- a 4-2 Premier League rout over Southampton – where he scored a fine volley 17 minutes into the match. He bagged a brace on that eventful day and with that, the flood gates were opened.
Bergkamp goes down in history as one of Arsenal’s greatest players of all time, having scored 120 goals in total. During his 11 illustrious seasons at the club, he won 10 major honours, including three League titles, four FA Cups and three Charity Shields.
He turns 46 today and is currently the Assistant Manager at Ajax. His statue was unveiled in February last year, and is among five of Arsenal legends that adorn the Emirates Stadium.