A statue of Club legend Dennis Bergkamp will be unveiled at Emirates Stadium ahead of the Premier League match against Sunderland on Saturday, February 22.
Further to last year’s announcement that the Club was to commemorate the Dutch striker’s huge contribution, the statue has now been completed and an area above The Armoury store outside Emirates Stadium has been identified for the statue’s location.
The Club is also delighted to announce that Dennis has confirmed that he will be present for the statue unveiling and will be a guest of Arsenal for the Sunderland match.
The statue unveiling will take place at approximately 11.30am on February 22, but those fans with match tickets unable to make this short event will be able to see Dennis inside the stadium - he will be making an appearance on the Emirates Stadium pitch at half-time, to show his appreciation to the Arsenal supporters.
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, during which time he treated fans to some of the most exhilarating and skilful play by any Arsenal player.
During Bergkamp’s 11 years with the Club, he played an integral part in Arsenal winning seven major honours, including the Invincibles’ unbeaten Premier League season of 2003/04.
The statue of Dennis will be located outside Emirates Stadium, and will join the statues of Arsenal legends Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry on the podium around the Gunners’ home. These were unveiled in December 2011.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 7 Feb 2014