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Bergkamp – The best players I shared a pitch with

Dennis Bergkamp shared a pitch with some of the greatest players of his generation - but who does he rank as the very best?

Speaking exclusively to our In Lockdown podcast, our former Netherlands international discussed which players are in the running for top spot.
 
"I find it very difficult to say [who was the best]," Bergkamp said. "I was lucky enough to play with the back four we had during the beginning of my career at Arsenal because I've never seen that. A back four and a goalkeeper that was so connected with each other, it was amazing! 

 
"Of course, you could go for the obvious best player like Thierry Henry, which is probably true because he was the most gifted player I've seen. I saw it not only in games but in training sessions, most of the time it seemed like he was training at 70 per cent or 80 per cent and he was still by far the best player. 
 
"It was a ridiculous time because he was so good. I played with Patrick Vieira who was a player who could change games, even in those days he would change the whole midfield by himself. 
 
“Everyone knows his first game when he came on at half-time and he completely changed the game, how can you compare those players to each other? Henry to Vieira? Or to the back four? I find it very difficult… Pires? What a player he was. Freddie Ljungberg? Maybe he wasn't the most gifted player but how effective, how decisive was he? The defenders who came after like Kolo Toure or Sol Campbell? 
 
"As I said, I've been lucky to play with a lot of good players but to name the best player, it is really difficult. It's impossible. Each and everyone in their own position was very important to the team."

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Bergkamp – My relationship with Fabregas and RvP

When Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie arrived in north London, Dennis Bergkamp was on hand to keep a close eye on the pair. 

Speaking exclusively to our In Lockdown podcast, our Invincible forward revealed how both youngsters impressed him during their early days with us. 
 
"Fabregas came in and was very quiet, very respectful to the players and suddenly he found himself in between big big names and he was just developing himself, just quietly,” Bergkamp said.

 
"He didn't have a big mouth, he was just trying to get better every year and you can see what kind of career he had because he had the right mindset. He had the right approach to his style of the game.  
 
"With Robin van Persie, he had some problems in Holland with his old team but as soon as he came there was a connection. The image he had in Holland was that he was very arrogant, that he was the sort of player who had the wrong attitude, but as soon as he came he had a lot of respect for us. 
 
"He started training sessions and he didn't have a big mouth; he was learning, asking questions, my wife got on with his wife, slowly you build a relationship. It was mainly on the pitch, I was trying to lead by example and he mentioned a few times that he was learning from that. 
 
"Off the pitch as well, we had a few talks about certain things, about the Dutch national team and that sort of stuff, where he could learn from. I enjoyed just sharing my experience in those situations."

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‘I would show my frustration… with a bad tackle!’

Dennis Bergkamp always expected the very best from himself and his team-mates during his time with us.

Speaking exclusively to our In Lockdown podcast, our former Netherlands international explained how he would punish players who fell short of his high standards.
 
"I couldn't stand [players who weren't motivated]," Bergkamp said. "It was so difficult for me to understand that people could play like that, be like that on the pitch.

 
 
"It's great that you can play football for a lot of money, you can play in full stadiums and everything is arranged for you. How can you not enjoy that? How can you just come to a training session giving 60 per cent or 70 per cent - I could not understand if players weren't motivated. 
 
"To be fair that's been a part of me from the start of my career. I always found it very difficult if players wouldn't give 100 per cent. 
For example, if they were doing other things off the pitch or they had a big mouth or they were doing things that weren't right in my mind then in training sessions I would take that with me. 
 
"There's been some bad tackles from me or some fouls, that was my way of showing it. That was my way… I wasn't the guy who would shout at people and say, 'What are you doing?' I would show my frustration in training."

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