Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp may have hung up his playing boots in 2006 but the Dutchman’s class is permanent.
His agile three-touch goal in a 2002 win over Newcastle United is one of the most outrageous in Premier League history — and it’s 15 years old on Thursday.
After the victory, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was quoted by The Telegraph to have said: “You will not see many goals like that. It was unbelievable and you are blessed to see that when you come to a stadium. It was not only a magnificent goal but an important one.”
Bergkamp himself said he thought the ball was too far behind him so he had “to turn to control it.” He added: “The quickest way to turn the ball was going that way. It looked a bit special or strange or nice but for me it was the quickest way to the goal. The finish: It was just trying to get it past the goalkeeper in such a way he cannot reach it.”
Bergkamp, 47, joined the Gunners for a £7.5 million ($US9.2 million) fee in 1995 and helped Arsenal win three Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his decade-long spell in North London.
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