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Feb, 27, 2013

Bergkamp set for Emirates statue

Dennis Bergkamp is set to become the next Arsenal legend to be honoured with a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.

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Bergkamp will join the statues of Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman, who were all erected in December 2011.

"I am honoured that this is going to happen," Bergkamp said. "It makes me very proud.

"Everyone knows that I love Arsenal and that I had a fantastic time at the club."

Images of the statue - depicting Bergkamp controlling the ball in mid-air against Newcastle in 2003 - were leaked on Twitter on Wednesday, and Arsenal have since confirmed the tribute to the Dutchman.

"The statue of Dennis Bergkamp is still in its early construction phase and the unveiling is planned to take place before the start of next season," the club announced.

The Gunners appear to be listening to the opinion of their fans after the former Netherlands international came first in a vote conducted by the Arsenal Supporters' Trust to decide which club legend should get his own statue next.

Bergkamp, who was part of the 'Invincible' team of 2003-4, was voted second behind Henry by Arsenal fans in a poll of the club's all-time greatest players. The forward made over 400 appearances for the Gunners from 1995 to 2006 and scored 120 goals.

He is currently assistant manager at Ajax but one of the leading candidates to replace Liam Brady as Arsenal's academy director next year.

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