Dennis Bergkamp vs Patrick Vieira: Who was the Bigger Arsenal Legend?

Benjamin RogersAnalyst IAugust 15, 2008

At the moment I'm focusing my work on Arsenal legends. After having great success with Henry vs Wright, I decided to make a second article about two more of the Arsenal legends.

It was extremely hard to choose between just two players but I chose Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp due to the huge amount of respect they get from Arsenal fans.

Just like the last article I made, I will try to put in as many facts as possible.


Patrick Vieira

When he was in his prime he was probably the best midfielder in the world, Patrick was signed by Arsenal in 1996 for the sum of £3.5 million as one of Arsene Wenger's first signings.

He had great height, strength and stamina which in the latter part of his Arsenal career would pay off.

He was a great passer of the ball and along with Emmanuel Petit was a force to be reckoned with.

He won the double in 1998 and 2002, the FA Cup in 2003 and lets not forget the Premier League trophy in the unbeatables season of 03/04 and last but not least the FA Cup in 2005, where he scored the winning penalty against Manchester united.

He played a total of 407 games and scored 34 times for Arsenal and came fifth in the 50 greatest Gunners poll.


Dennis Bergkamp

Simply one of Arsenal's best strikers of all time and after signing for the Gunners would stay till the end of his career.

Dennis signed for Arsenal in 1995 for the price of £7.5 million and his first goal was against Southampton eight games after his debut.

After learning the English game, he and Ian Wright became one of the great partnerships in the Premier League at that time.

After the arrival of Arsene Wenger he had his best spell with the club and won the double in 1998 and was voted PFA Player of the Year. In the 1998 World Cup he scored one of the greatest goals of all time for Holland against Argentina.

He won the double again in 2002 and the FA Cup in 2003 and 2005 and, like Vieira, was part of the unbeatables side of 2004 and in total took his Premier League trophy count to three.

He retired in the 2006 season and had a great finish to his career when he played in his last competitive match against West Brom and gave an assist to Robert Pires and a goal for himself in a 3-1 victory. The day was named Dennis Bergkamp day.

Dennis Bergkamp came second in the 50 greatest Gunners poll.


Well its time for you guys to vote and pick your favorite Arsenal legend?