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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May, 2005, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
Bergkamp made to wait on new deal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (4th right) celebrates with his players after their 7-0 win against Everton
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Dennis Bergkamp will have to wait to find out if he will be given the final one-year contract that he craves.

The 36-year-old inspired Arsenal to their 7-0 win over Everton while the crowd chanted "one more year".

But afterwards Wenger said: "We'll sit down together at the end of the season and come to a decision.

"He's 36 and you can't base your entire season around him as you can't say he will play 50 games."

The Arsenal boss added: "I've made a decision, but we won't announce it until the end of the season.

"He is a super-special player. You don't meet a Dennis Bergkamp at the end of every street."

Wenger is understood to want assurances from Bergkamp that the forward does not expect to be an automatic choice.

Hopefully we can sort something out and I think the club will be sensible
Dennis Bergkamp

"What he can do is still play 20 or 25 games, like he has done this season," said Wenger.

"He is a great example to the other players and the likes of Robin van Persie have made a huge improvement this season."

Bergkamp is out of contract at the end of the season and is hoping to have one final season at Highbury before retiring from playing.

And after the 7-0 thrashing of Everton, Bergkamp said: "It's always in the back of your head it might be my last game at Highbury.

"Hopefully we can sort something out and I think the club will be sensible.

"They must have their reasons and it's not the first time, but I'm quite confident it will be okay."

And he said that the reaction of the supporters moved him to tears.

"It was quite special," said the Dutchman. "It was difficult not to get emotional as it was quite something for them to all be cheering my name and shouting 'one more year'.

"Was I moved to tears? Inside, yes. You are playing the game but with that singing, you get really emotional yourself.

"I know that I have the fans' respect but I was still a bit surprised. They obviously feel there is another year left in me, so that's great as it shows they're really behind me."


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