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Bergkamp - The boss and I shared a philosophy

Dennis Bergkamp says he was "the ideal player" for Arsene Wenger because their shared the same footballing philosophy.

The former Netherlands forward won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups under the Arsenal manager, and says it was a relationship that only got better and better over time.

"We had the same idea about football," Bergkamp told Arsenal Player. "We like the creative style of football, the attacking style of football and off the pitch we like the discipline to give everything for football. 

"It took a little while to get going but straight away you could see his plan, what he wanted to do. I think, in that way, he would say I was the ideal player because the way he talked always was that you had to give everything on the pitch... every training session you have to give 100 per cent, every game you give 100 per cent. 

"Attacking player, intelligent player, off the pitch you have to have the discipline. It was good from the beginning and it only grew and grew and we respected each other a lot."

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