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Monday, July 24, 2006

Bergkamp talks about Vieira and Henry

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Former Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp thinks it would be "fantastic" if Arsenal re-signed French midfielder Patrick Vieira.

As we know, Vieira's future is uncertain just 12 months after leaving Arsenal because of Juventus's involvement in the Italian match-fixing scandal that took the club to the second division.

The Dutch striker believes Vieira proved during the World Cup that he is still a top-class midfielder despite a disappointing first season in Turin following a £15million transfer.

In fact, Bergkamp brought down the curtain on his Arsenal career with Saturday's testimonial match against Ajax, and he believes Thierry Henry made the right decision in staying and says Vieira should come back to join his compatriot.

The video in the news showed Bergkamp saying: "I think about 56 people said to me today that Patrick should have another year here and I hope he will.

"Maybe that's not the right thing to say in football but everyone saw what he did in the World Cup and if he can get to that level with Arsenal it would be just fantastic.

"I have a nice relationship with Patrick. We had a good connection even after he left the club to join Juventus and I have a lot of respect for him, as I do for Thierry.

"Thierry is an amazing football player and a strong personality as well, but he always showed so much respect for me which meant a lot. There's a difference in years but we have a huge respect for each other.

"That comes through seeing what he does and how he thinks. I've had that connection with so many players but out of all of them I have the strongest bond with Patrick and Thierry Henry."

Klass-Jan Huntelaar scored for Ajax but Henry - who flew back from his holiday in the US to play - and Kanu made sure Dennis Bergkamp left with a victory as 54,000 fans said goodbye to him a the opening of the club's new stadium.

Bergkamp's father kicked off the game, which was an emotional moment because he has been fighting lung cancer amid fears that he would not be alive to see the game.

The Dutch player who has discussed returning to Arsenal in the future on the coaching staff, said: "It was fantastic for me to have my dad kick off the match because it didn't look as if he would make it.

"He's been there from day one, taking me to every game, and even coming to England for every game. "It's going to be really hard to say goodbye to football after 25 years.

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