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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 July 2006, 18:29 GMT 19:29 UK

Dennis Bergkamp's career in football
Bruce Rioch flaunts his new signing in front of the press in the summer of 1995
Bergkamp's 12m move from Ajax to Inter proved a disaster as Italy's stifling catenaccio style of football suffocated his fluency and flair.

Arsenal breathed new life into the Dutchman and Bruce Rioch's capture of the striker for 7.5m looks like one of the game's great bargains. But why the Gunners?

"The decision I made was to leave Italy and the first team that knocked on the door was Arsenal.

"They were a solid team and that's what you want, a base where you can fit in before you try to add something. Straight away I thought 'This could work' and I didn't know anything about 'Boring, Boring Arsenal' at that time."



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