Dennis Bergkamp has one game left in his incredible career but it is arguably the biggest.

The Dutchman, 37 today, will retire after the Champions League Final next Wednesday and he admits the notion of hanging up his boots has become bigger in his mind as D-day approaches.

"You start to think about it a little bit over the last few months especially when you are not involved that much in all the games," said Bergkamp.

"You start to realise it more and more, going towards the end of the season, you realise that this could be it. But at the moment, I am still more focused on football than the other part."

Bergkamp confirmed there would be no changing his mind over retirement but he would be staying in England for a while and had secured an Executive Box at the Emirates Stadium.

Next season, Arsenal could enter their new home as Champions League winners but they face the daunting prospect of Barcelona at the Stade de France next week.

"As a more experienced player, you realise how important it is," said Bergkamp. "I have told a few of the guys over the past weeks that this could be the only Champions League final they ever play in - there is no guarantee.

"I know how hard the Club have worked for this, I have been there throughout those seasons.

We had played probably the best football in Europe at some stage and got knocked out in the Quarter-Finals.

"I am sure all the players will realise that this could be a one-time in your career match.

So you have to focus, first of all enjoy it but as well you have to try to give everything to try to win it."

Thankfully, Arsenal will not now have to win the game to be assured of a place at European football's top table next season.

"The main goal is achieved now," said Bergkamp. "We don`t have to worry, hopefully, about there not being Champions League football next year.

"It takes a bit of pressure off the final and we can just go out there now and try to play football, show what we are good at, playing our normal game. Then, of course, we always have a chance."

11/4 - Champions League Final - Arsenal to win in 90 minutes


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