By Richard Clarke 

Ajax manager Danny Blind has paid his tribute to Dennis Bergkamp ahead of the Arsenal striker's special day.

The game with West Brom on Saturday was originally going to be "Supporters' Day". But with Bergkamp ending his illustrious football career at the end of the current campaign, the fans wanted to honour the Dutchman instead.

Blind, like Bergkamp, is an Ajax legend. He won virtually every prize available in 493 matches for the Amsterdam club. Now coach, he paid tribute to his former team-mate.

"Dennis is one of a kind," said Blind. "The way he plays football is amazing. People around the world come to games to see players like Dennis. His style of playing football is elegant, almost graceful. And the unique thing is that this style does not hurt his effectiveness at all, while still being very fast and extremely valuable."

All supporters are urged to wear orange on Saturday to commemorate Dennis Bergkamp. A party of Ajax fans will be flying over to attend the game.

* Thanks to Simon Keijzer at Ajax for his help with this story.

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Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Richard Clarke 14 Apr 2006