Boss - Bergkamp deal was the first push

Dennis Bergkamp signs for Arsenal
Dennis Bergkamp signs for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger says the signing of Dennis Bergkamp was the “first push into the modern, international era” for Arsenal.

The legendary Dutch striker joined in 1995 for a then club-record fee, and made his debut against Middlesbrough 20 years ago this week.

Bergkamp arrived before Wenger took over as manager, but the Frenchman says his signing was a real statement by the club.

“It was one year before I started here, so that shows you it was 20 years ago and it was one of the historic signings of Arsenal Football Club,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Dennis is a player who is admired by all the other players and was the first push of Arsenal into the modern, international era.

“He was lucky as well because when he arrived here, he had a bunch of English players, British players who were exceptional as well. He brought creativity to this group of very strong players and it was a good marriage.”

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