Arsenal have confirmed that they will unveil a statue of former striker Dennis Bergkamp ahead of their Premier League game against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on Feb. 22.
The Dutchman will join Thierry Henry and Tony Adams in being immortalised in bronze by their former club, with Bergkamp set to be in attendance when his statue is given it’s first public airing.
Bergkamp joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in June 1995 and went on to make a total of 423 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 120 goals -- becoming a firm favourite of the Gunners faithful.
During his 11 years with the club, he was integral in Arsenal winning seven major honours, including playing a key role in the unbeaten Premier League title-winning season of 2003-04.
Bergkamp's signing was hailed by many as the one that propelled Arsenal into a new era, with the arrival of Arsene Wenger a little over a year later confirming as much.
Now 44, Bergkamp is currently working with young players at his former club Ajax. T
There had been suggestions that he could be integrated into the Arsenal coaching set-up following the departure of Liam Brady as the club’s academy director but he was not offered that key role within Wenger’s set-up.
“My personal ambition is to maybe come to Arsenal one day, to do the role I am doing at Ajax,” he told the BBC last year. “[I want] to educate the younger players, to be part of the coaching staff and make players better.”
“Ajax I was born with and raised with, but I was with Arsenal for 11 years. It is two teams that stick in my mind. I always like to watch Arsenal play -- they are part of me.”