25 Legendary Dennis Bergkamp Quotes Every Arsenal Fan Must Read

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25. On his football philosophy: “Behind every kick of the ball there has to be a thought.”

24. On his idol growing up: “Maybe I am a little different from other players. They will tell you that Pele, Maradona, Cruyff are their idols and I will say Glenn Hoddle.”

23. On Louis van Gaal: “For van Gaal all players are equal. For him there’s no such thing as big names, because everyone serves the team and the system – his system.”

22. On life at Ajax: “The only team that needs to win trophies is the first team. The youth teams don’t need to win, they just need to make their players better.”

21. On his favourite type of goal: “When I played in Holland, I always tried to lob the goalkeeper. People used to say, 'Oh, you're always only trying to make a nice goal'. But I said, 'Listen, if the goalie is a little bit off his line, how much space do you have on his left or right?' It's not a lot. 'And how much space do you have above him?’”

20. On being a football fan: “When you start supporting a football club, you don't support it because of the trophies, or a player, or history, you support it because you found yourself somewhere there; found a place where you belong.”

19. On his fear of flying: “It got so bad I would look up at the sky during away games to see what the weather was like. Were there any clouds coming? Sometimes I was preoccupied by the flight home while I was playing football. It was hell.”

18. On life as a footballer: “I love the balance I have as a Football player. I come in and train in the mornings, and in the afternoon I live a very ordinary life.”

17. On joining Inter Milan: “I’ve made a lot of big decisions on feeling, on instinct. And that was one of them. And, you know, maybe it was the right decision in the end. I didn’t enjoy it, but I learned a lot at Inter. It was the making of me in a way. I would never have had the career I did at Arsenal if I hadn’t been there.”

16. On his first pre-season with Arsenal: “We went to Sweden and trained twice a day. The first evening I went for a walk with my wife and saw eight or nine Arsenal players sitting outside a pub, drinking beer. I thought: This is unbelievable! You’ve just had two hard sessions to prepare for the season, and now everything you did is going down with the alcohol!”

15. On Martin Keown: “Once he had a black leather jacket and we took some tape and I put T-Birds on the back, like John Travolta in Grease. It was fantastic.”

14. On his greatest goal for Arsenal: “Ten yards before the ball arrived I made my decision: I’m going to turn him. I knew where Dabizas was. The thought was, ‘just flick the ball and see what happens’. Maybe he’ll block it, or the flick won’t be wide enough, or he’ll anticipate and get two yards ahead. Or maybe he’ll be surprised and I’ll be one or two yards in front of him. As it happened, I still wasn’t in front of him, so I had to push him off. So you need some luck as well…”

13. On London: “When I retired in 2006, I stayed for a further two years in England. I stayed because I wanted to be in England without being a footballer, without the rhythm. I wanted to enjoy the city.”

12. On English tabloid culture: “Here, at Arsenal, we are often surprised when we are shown some of the newspapers, and at the bottom of an article there is a line saying if you know of anyone who had an affair with a player, call this number. It is very strange to us.”

11. On scoring goals: “You have to shoot, to want to score goals no matter how. Just score that goal! You can't be afraid to miss.”

10. On Thierry Henry: “If you look at the whole package, with everything Henry has, I don't think you can find that anywhere else. You give him the ball in the right place and his acceleration will take him past any defender in the world.”

9. On footballer’s wages: “People can say the money doesn’t really matter but it does show you how much a club respects you.”

8. On the prospect of retirement: “I love playing football, being out on the pitch with a ball, and I will be a little sad when that ends.”

7. On becoming a manager: “I don’t want to lose myself in football and that’s what a coach has to do to be successful.”

6. On Arsene Wenger: “Arsene Wenger's idea is not only to play good football. It's to play good football to win. In my day, we knew that with our style we could hurt teams and win trophies too. But we did it our way, with the positional game, passing, movement.”

5. On the prospect of joining Tottenham: “Spurs was mentioned, and that had been Hoddle’s team, but even then I considered Arsenal to be a bit above Spurs.”

4. On finding a home: “Other clubs never came into my thoughts once I knew Arsenal wanted to sign me.”

3. On Highbury: “And then I saw Highbury for the first time…wow! This was football! I loved all the houses around it, then you turn the corner and there’s the stadium! That’s not Dutch, nor Italian; you don’t see it in Europe. It’s just typically English.”

2. On changing Arsenal: ‘It was my own adventure again, like when I chose Inter instead of Milan or Barcelona. I thought: ‘I’m the sort of player you don’t see at Arsenal, so maybe I can show people this is my way of playing’.”

1. On being a Gooner: “I really like Arsenal. But you, do you like Arsenal? Or just Arsenal with trophies?”


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