Though Arsenal have not won a trophy for seven years, of course, many Arsenal fans will not have forgotten about Arsenal’s great ‘Invincibles’ run, where the Gunners went unbeaten for 49 games in the Premier League.

Many over the years have tried to compare Arsenal’s greatest players. However, while Thierry Henry wins a lot of the plaudits, outside of the Arsenal faithful, is Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp really mentioned enough for his great achievements for the club?

Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team are given much credit for their stunning unbeaten run. But, while many talk about Thierry Henry’s achievements, could it be said that Dennis Bergkamp, along with other members of the team should be praised more for their contributions to Arsenal’s successes in the early 2000s? It seems that many Arsenal fans consider Dennis Bergkamp to be one of the club’s biggest legends.

I have even seen it be suggested how trying to choose whether Thierry Henry or Dennis Bergkamp is the best is like trying to choose between a mum and dad. Could it be said that perhaps some may not mention Dennis Bergkamp as, say, Thierry Henry, because people outside the Arsenal faithful may not understand the connection between fans of the Gunners and Dennis Bergkamp?

He played for Arsenal for 11 years, making 423 appearances and scoring 120 goals for the Gunners. He also showed great loyalty and commitment to the Gunners, unlike many other Arsenal players, he retired as an Arsenal player, and talking about retiring if he could not stay at Arsenal before extending his contract for the 2005/6 season, despite Ajax being interested in him.

So, could it be said that Arsenal fans are always going to laud his talents more than others because of his connection with the club?

Dennis Bergkamp is seen as a footballing legend for many reasons. He scored superb goals, had awareness tactically, prowess physically, the ability to pick out killer passes, accuracy, and many other things. Could it be said that while Thierry Henry is one of Arsenal’s greatest ever players, Dennis Bergkamp should maybe get more credit. Could it be said that a big part of Arsenal’s success was down to some of Dennis Bergkamp’s work as well as the efforts made by Arsenal’s top goal scorer?

However, Dennis Bergkamp’s great talents have been recognised by the footballing world. He got into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming the first ever Dutch player to achieve this. He has garnered much acclaim, for example, being picked by Pelé as one of FIFA’s 100 greatest living players.

However, could it be said that his talent and achievements are not mentioned enough by the media and fans of clubs other than Arsenal? Although, could the case be that perhaps he is not mentioned more because of the sheer number of great Arsenal players during that era like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pirès?

But are his achievements for Arsenal given enough attention? How much attention is given to his 22 goals in the 1997/8 season that helped Arsenal to a League title and an FA Cup, for example? What about his brilliant goal against Newcastle in 2002?

Dennis Bergkamp is considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers ever. However, should more people who are not Arsenal fans take notice of the highlights of his career?

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  • Ian Johnson
    2 years ago

    What rubbish. Every single Gooner knows Dennis (God) has been the best player ever to wear the shirt. The guy had everything. Every Arsenal player who played with the two of them say Dennis was the best player they have played with

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  • Matt Power
    2 years ago

    Any one that doesn’t know how good and important Bergkamp was for Arsenal is not an Arsenal fan. simple as that. Numerous times Henry has been asked “who is the best player you have ever played with” and before the question has even been asked he jumps in and says “Bergkamp”.

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  • alec coote
    2 years ago

    Anyone who knows anything about football will realize that Henry would not have been half the player for arsenal without the dutch master, in my humble opinion Dennis was the greatest player ever to grace the premier league, gone now but will never be forgotten; if you don’t agree that’s your prerogative but look on YouTube and purr as he makes something out of nothing.

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  • willy millar
    2 years ago

    “could it be” that you are a donut

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    • southstandstu
      2 years ago

      willy millar? could this be a fellow arsenal/abdeen man?

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  • Stalios
    2 years ago

    Bergkamp = greatest ever gooner in my book. Arrived under Rioch when we were awful and contributed in turning the whole team around. True legend!

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  • Eddy McGoldrick
    2 years ago

    I remember the legend that was Bergkamp back in 93 at inter milan and scoring that wonder goal against Norwich from his own half. Even then the so called pundits thought he was a spent force in Italy. Omg Bruce did us a big favour – ask any gooner where were they on the day we signed him. He was world class in the same league as platini, laudrup and maradona. Transformational and there from the beginning to the end of one of Arsenal’s finest periods of history. I still had to pinch myself watching him play in the red and white feeding wrighty with killer passes in his 1st season. The hatrick against Leicester omg …. end of,the best ,better than TH14

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  • DB10
    2 years ago

    Simply Bergkamp is well regarded as one of the best Arsenal players ever (he is on the side of the Emirates in case you hadn’t noticed) a true legend and my peronal fav all time gooner!!!

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  • southstandstu
    2 years ago

    dennis bergkamp has…” be a red king “in his name say no more…took me a while that one!

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  • gary
    2 years ago

    Thiery was great, Denis was GOD.

    A few players have been able to produce the unbelievable from time to time but Bergkamp did continuously, he brought so much to the game, gave so much for the other players. His vision, movement and creativity were second to none and he still scored goals.

    The greatest premiership player by far

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  • Andy
    2 years ago

    Saying Bergkamp doesn’t get enough praise from Arsenal is completely wrong. He is seen as a god by the absolute faithful, one of the best in Prem history.

    When it comes to Henry vs Bergkamp, it’s an incredibly hard decision. If I had to say, I would say Thierry was the best of the best, but Dennis laid the way for Arsenal’s greatness. Henry nor Arsenal would not have been great if not for Bergkamp, and all Arsenal fans recognise that.

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