Bergkamp tribute to open Gunners stadium

April 14, 2006

Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial match is set to be the first game played at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium.

Bergkamp, who has played more than 400 times for the Gunners since arriving in 1995, is looking forward to the star-studded fixture, provisionally scheduled for July 22.

The Dutch striker said: 'It will be an emotional day for me as I have spent the last 11 years here, playing some of the best football of my career.

'The supporters have been amazing to me and I hope that they will enjoy the day as much as I will.

'What will make the occasion extra special is not only will it be the first-ever match at Emirates Stadium, it will be an opportunity to see Arsenal players past and present on the pitch at the same time.'