By Richard Clarke

"There's only one Dennis Bergkamp" rang around Highbury on Saturday when the veteran Dutch striker conjured up a goal to grace the day named in his honour. Thierry Henry agrees with the sentiment.

Arsenal's captain knows he had a maximum of seven games alongside his "dream" strike partner. He will savour every one.

"I have always said Dennis Bergkamp will remain the best partner I have ever had," said Henry. "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."

Having set up the goal that secured the three points, Bergkamp put the seal on the game (and his day) with a trademark curler from the edge of the area

"It was the perfect end for Dennis," said Henry, "and was a typical Dennis Bergkamp goal.

"A lot of players, when at the edge of the box, would have put their head down and smashed the ball maybe.

"Dennis knew he had time to do what he wanted to do - and that was to bend the ball into the back of the net. It sounds easy and looks easy - but I can tell you that it is not easy to do.

"It was a typical Dennis Bergkamp goal and what an end to the game."

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Richard Clarke 17 Apr 2006