We all love to witness winning football by our beloved Arsenal, but nothing surpasses the experience of winning beautiful football. For many supporters, DB10 will always be the epitome of (striving towards) beautiful football. This site was set up in honour of his genius and quest for beautiful football. See also the page ‘About Bergkampesque’ above.
Dennis has inspired me even beyond football: he made me realise that the pursuit of beauty is a worthy aim in itself in whatever you do; but also that just winning, or being successful, is not everything in life.
It has been a while since we had the luxury of experiencing winning football, let alone winning beautiful football. There has still been plenty of beautiful football though: even during the last seven years there were many games in which we played deadly attacking, breathtakingly beautiful football.
Since Dennis played his last game for Arsenal, now more than six years ago, it is fair to say that not only Arsenal lost a great player, but the whole of the Premier League did so too. Cesc Fabregas could have been on his way to get somewhere near the genius and beautiful football of Dennis, but he left far too soon to be even considered in the same league as the Iceman.
Sometimes, a footballer in the PL does something beautiful on the pitch; and whether it is an Arsenal player or not, often the commentators refer to this with the term ‘bergkampesque’. I am hopeful that one day the word ‘bergkampesque’ will end up in all English dictionaries as the definition for an act of pure beauty by an individual footballer. Dennis would totally deserve this for what he has done for football in England and the rest of the world.
I would like to ask you to leave a comment on Bergkampesque with regards to what Dennis meant – and still means – to you; and what your best personal memories are of DB10.
Comments by non-Gooners are also welcome.
Many thanks in advance,
Blog Owner & writer
Responses by fellow Gooners until now:
“Genius , what a player made hard things look so simple. Never forget you Dennis a pleasure to have watched you play.”
“by far my favourite moment from God Bergkamp was the goal he scored against Newcastle. Possibly the finest goal ever.”
“Simply the greatest player ever to wear the hallowed red shirt of The Arsenal. I’m disappointed that he hasn’t been honoured and immortalised in the same way that Tony Adams and Thierry Henry have.
I’m not sure whether Mr Wenger would have been brave enough to have bought a player of Dennis Bergkamp’s quality, and yet he was the essential link that ensured Mr Wenger’s football philosophy worked with machine-like precision. Bergkamp epitomises what Tomas Rosicky could and should have been with the right attitude and application.
When Dennis Bergkamp retired, Arsenal lost so much more than a legendary foofballer, and it is something the manager has found impossible to replace. I hope that we see him back at Arsenal in some capacity in the future, he is a winner and the perfect role-model for anyone who aspires to represent Arsenal Football Club.”
A legend of the game that could pull off the impossible. The best player I’ve ever seen in action and that will probably never change! Words could never do him justice.
He was Arsenal through and through and a fantastic leader. I’m still working on the clone!
ergkamp was fantastic. In 50 years of watching Arsenal I cannot remember anyone of his calibre or even approaching it. He brought a level of football skill you these days expect to see only at Real Madrid or Barcelona. We were lucky he had been in Italy and not done well, perhaps thats why he was happy to stay with us.
For me Dennis Bergkamp is everything..
I will never becomes Gunners if not because of him..
I am a big fans of Holland / Dutch team..
Start with trio Gullit – Van Basten – Rijjkard in Milan..
For the very first time Holland win European Cup (Euro..) in 1988..
And they also I love Milan with their ‘dream team’
But as time goes by.. Bergkamp coming to replace Van Basten in Holland team..
And I am a very big fans of Dennis Bergkamp.. And of course Arsenal when DB move in..
And guest what..?? DB coming to Arsenal one year before Wenger did.. (cmiiw..)
Arsenal have a very funtastic games with Bergkamp..
We won a lot of trophy in that era..
Bergkamp spend his 11 years in Arsenal.. and ritered as Arsenal legend..
Many striker come and go.. like Anelka, Overmars, Petit, Pires and even Henry..
But Bergkamp remain royal to Arsenal..
For Henry.. maybe the ritered of DB make him desperated and move to Barca..
For me Bergkamp is the real Arsenal legend.. more than Henry..
And I agree with Herb that we didn’t honoured him good enough..
maybe someday Arsenal should make the same ‘statue’ like Henry and Adam got..
Simply Arsenal FC greatest player, we called him god because in a football sense, he was and is GOD.
Once in an era a man with a special talent graces the football pitches of the world.
Dennis Bergkamp was such a man.
With his sublime silky skills, mercurial charisma, determination and self discipline he burst like a mega star onto the Arsenal firmament, and in doing so, blasted his way into our lives and the club’s heritage in a way that will live in our memories forever.
A privilege and a delight to have witnessed such an incandescent talent!
All hail Dennis!
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Every time i think of Bergkamp i get the notion of spatial awareness, passes that would be the envy of Pythagoras, and Redders favourite, multi dimensions and gravity
He seemed to be able to combine the laws of physics and maths to a football pitch.
First of all he was the King of finding space. Once found and he had the ball to feet, he then seemed to possess a panaromic view of what was around him. (did the man seceretly have eyes in the back of his head?) And finaly we would have the execution. Wether it was slide rule passes or sublime finishes he had the techique and foresight to pull it off
Quite simply he was on another planet.
P.s He was also on the Norwood 3 scale for recceeding hairlines, and let me tell you, no one pulls off a receeding hairline quite like Dennis Bergkamp, simply genius. hahahaha.