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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Dennis Bergkamp testimonial photos

Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium

Arsenal open their new home - the 390m Emirates Stadium - with Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial match against Ajax

The view inside the new ground

Inside, a 54,000 sell-out crowd await the arrival of a club legend who scored 120 goals in 423 matches during 11 years

Dennis Bergkamp

And here he is. Gunners fans are "Walking in a Bergkamp Wonderland" as the man of the moment makes his appearance

Dennis Bergkamp in action against Ajax

The 37-year-old is the old man of the piece in the first half as both Arsenal and Ajax give their youngsters a chance to shine

Arsene Wenger looks on

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sees Ajax's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar score the stadium's first goal before the real fun starts

Arsenal line up for the second half

After the break the great (take your pick) and good (Glenn Helder) from Arsenal's recent past come out for a kickabout

Patrick Vieira, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon

And the camp entry of Patrick Vieira - who was given a rapturous welcome - earns a salute of sorts from Lee Dixon

Lee Dixon, Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira

The pair clearly have some catching up to do although only Emmanuel Petit is privvy to their pleasantries on the park

Thierry Henry scores for Arsenal

Meanwhile there is a football match going on and Thierry Henry - who else? - scores Arsenal's first goal at the ground

Thierry Henry celebrates

A mere 68 days after scoring the final goal at Highbury the skipper celebrates the first of many at the club's new home

Dennis Bergkamp

But try as he might Bergkamp cannot follow his former strike partner's lead and find the back of the net on his final outing

Dennis Bergkamp and Kanu celebrate Arsenal's second

Instead it is another former Ajax striker who scores Arsenal's second and Bergkamp is the first to congratulate Kanu

Patrick Vieira and Edgar Davids

And even Vieira forgets about chit-chatting with Dixon long enough to get his foot stuck in against Edgar Davids

Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten

Late on the number of Dutch legends on show goes up from one to three as Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten amble on

Dennis Bergkamp is chaired on his lap of honour

But at the final whistle it is all about Bergkamp and his former team-mates lift him shoulder high to the acclaim of the ground

Dennis Bergkamp goes on a lap of honour

Then it is his turn to say goodbye to the fans with only his son Mitchel in tow. As they say in Holland, "Vaarwel Dennis"

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