By Chris Harris

Dennis Bergkamp has treated us to a whole portfolio of classic goals down the years. But which Arsenal strike did he take most pride from?

That question was put to the Dutchman at a press conference ahead of his testimonial match on Saturday. After a brief pause, Bergkamp picked out the goal which completed his stunning hat-trick at Leicester in August 1997.

In case you need reminding, Arsenal had been pegged back to 2-2 when David Platt floated a stoppage-time pass to Bergkamp as the Dutchman ghosted into the penalty area. He controlled the ball perfectly with his right foot, flicked it inside Matt Elliott with his left and stroked the ball into the top corner.

Bergkamp explains why, nine years on, that goal still stands out. "My favourite would be the hat-trick goal against Leicester because when you play football you have certain things in your mind which you want to achieve, and this was like that.

"In my mind I knew I wanted to do it like that and it worked exactly as I had planned it just two seconds before."

Bergkamp also holds his glorious 1998 World Cup matchwinner against Argentina in high esteem and, as he points out, that strike bears comparison to his Filbert Street classic.

"The goal against Argentina was quite similar because I had to make a move to get some space and then it's about the control, the movement and the finishing.

"With these sorts of goals there is a lot of skill involved and it has to come together."

Arsenal fans agreed with Dennis' choice when we asked you to vote for your top five Bergkamp goals earlier this season. Arsenal TV Online subscribers can watch those goals now by clicking on the box above.

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Chris Harris 21 Jul 2006