Dennis Bergkamp named in the Premier League's Hall of Fame
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp named as the sixth player to enter the Premier League’s Hall of Fame as Dutchman singles out 2004 win over Leicester to seal Invincible season as his greatest ever game
- Dennis Bergkamp is the sixth player named in the Premier League Hall of Fame
- The Dutchman won three Premier League titles and scored 87 goals for Arsenal
- Bergkamp joins Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and four others in the Hall of Fame
- Arsenal’s win over Leicester to seal Invincible status was his greatest game
Dennis Bergkamp has become the sixth player to be inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The silky-smooth Dutchman scored 87 goals and provided 94 assists over 315 top flight appearances for the Gunners, helping guide the north Londoners to three Premier League titles.
Bergkamp’s arrival at Highbury from Inter Milan in 1995 kickstarted a transformation of English football’s top division, with his outstanding technical ability and skill providing the benchmark for the rest of the league.
Dennis Bergkamp has become the sixth player inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame
The Dutchman won three Premier League titles and helped transform the English game
‘It feels special to be part of a small group of players who got the recognition of playing in the strongest league in the world,’ Bergkamp told the Premier League’s official website. ‘I’m honoured.
‘I’m extremely proud if people say that I was one of the first foreign players who added something to the English game.
‘The Premier League most definitely made me a better player. From the moment I arrived in England I’ve embraced the English mentality and passion for football, it suited me and my style of play.
Bergkamp signed for Arsenal in 1995 and wowed fans with his smooth skills on the ball
The former Inter Milan star scored 87 goals and provided 94 assists in 315 top flight games
‘Playing every game against good and tough opponents meant I improved all the time. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.’
When asked for the greatest Premier League game he was involved in, Bergkamp reached for a win over Leicester on the last day of the 2003-04 campaign to seal Arsenal’s Invincible season.
‘Looking back there have been a lot of great matches,’ he said. ‘If I had to pick one out, it would have to be the last game in the 2003/04 season.
Bergkamp notes Arsenal’s Invincible season as one of his greatest achievements in the game
‘Beating Leicester meant we had gone the whole season unbeaten in the Premier League. An unbelievable achievement and I am proud to have been part of it.’
The Dutch international was the scorer of one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goals, when he executed a magnificent turn and finish against Newcastle United in 2002.
That goal was voted by fans as the best goal scored in the Premier League in the last 25 years.
Bergkamp’s sensational goal against Newcastle in 2002 is hailed as one of the greatest goals
However, Bergkamp rates his goal to clinch a hat-trick against Leicester in 1997 – the first Premier League hat-trick scored by a Dutchman – higher than the St James’ Park strike.
‘A lot of people would pick my goal against Newcastle [United, in March 2002],’ the Arsenal legend added. ‘However, my favourite is the third goal of my hat-trick against Leicester [City] in 1997.
‘The run, control, touch and finish all needed to be done at high quality and pace. It was a goal where every move went how I’d planned it in my head.’
Bergkamp joins ex-Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry as well as Alan Shearer, Roy Keane, Eric Cantona and Frank Lampard in the Hall of Fame.
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