"Other clubs never came into my thoughts once I knew Arsenal wanted to sign me."
following his signing for the club in 1995
"At the time I played with him, I didn’t think I would ever play with another quite like him. I really didn’t think that his record would ever be broken."
on Ian Wright’s goalscoring record being surpassed
"If you look at the whole package, with what Thierry has, I don’t think you can find that anywhere else. You give him the ball in the right place, and his acceleration will take him past any defender."
on the considerable qualities of Thierry Henry
"What a ball from Frank. Frank and I go back years. He used to do that when I was at Ajax."
on his last-minute winner for Holland against Argentina at the World Cup in 1998
Over the years many people have offered their thoughts on Dennis Bergkamp. Here are a select few of those musings:
"If Ryan Giggs is worth £20 million, Bergkamp is worth £100 million."
Marco van Basten
"enn doelpunt van een andrer planeet (It’s a goal from another planet)."
Louis Van Gaal, former Ajax coach, describing one of Bergkamp’s lobs
"He’s one of the best players in the game today but he doesn’t get the publicity. It might be because he is quiet off the pitch and does not make dramatic statements to the press and I think he likes it that way."
"Can you not say he is the best player in the world right now? If there is a better one, then I have not seen him."
Wenger speaking at the start of the 1997/98 campaign
"If he were in ‘Star Trek’, he’d be the best player in whatever solar system he was in."
Bergkamp’s former Arsenal strike partner, Ian Wright, speaking in 1997
"I have always said Dennis Bergkamp will remain the best partner I have ever had. He is a dream for a striker. He is not greedy — you saw that on the second goal [against West Brom on Saturday]. He could have just gone for glory because it was Dennis Bergkamp Day — but no. He dummied the goalkeeper, cut the ball back for Robert Pires who put it in the back of the net. The most important thing is the team. That is why I admire Dennis, and that is what he has been doing for a long time. I have always said he is the best guy that I have played with. Sometimes you have players who do not have to talk, you just have to watch them — and that is the case with Dennis. If you are in the game, on the bench or watching on TV, you want to learn then Dennis Bergkamp, with the way he can kill a team with one pass, is just amazing. He will sometimes do things out of nowhere."
"Nobody will ever forget Dennis Bergkamp – and everybody who will play in this position for years to come will be compared to Dennis Bergkamp. As much as Thierry Henry is a top target striker, Dennis Bergkamp as a provider was unique."
Wenger, once again