Happy 17th Birthday To The Greatest First Touch In Football History By Dennis Bergkamp
Y'know when people refer to things getting better with age as being like a fine wine? Bollocks, that, isn't it?
Wine just tastes like wine, whether you picked it off the shelf at ALDI on a Friday night or took out a payday loan to pay for one with a load of dust on the bottle. Really, really good goals, though, do get better every time you see them, no matter how old they are.
Case in point, Dennis Bergkamp's effort against Newcastle United at St. James' Park on 2nd March, 2002.
Sixteen years ago, today, the Dutchman decided it'd be a laugh to absolutely torment Nikos Dabizas, with the Greek defender still running around in a circle, like a dog chasing it's own tail or Homer on that episode of The Simpsons where he keeps spinning around on the floor.
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Some, mainly Newcastle fans and Spurs supporters who steadfastly refuse to ever give an Arsenal player credit for anything, will claim that Bergkamp actually miscontrolled Robert Pires' pass into feet and simply lucked out on judging the bounce of the ball before slotting it calmly underneath Shay Given.
This is where I'd usually say 'skip to 1.50 to watch the goal in all it's glory' but Arsenal's official Youtube channel have included the effort in a mini compilation alongside the non-flying Dutchman's other four greatest strikes for the club and it would probably be a crime against football were you to skip through them.
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Look at Dabizas, there, having thoughts genuinely cross his mind that Bergkamp might have teleported into the space behind him, his face giving off a look of a lad who's just been presented with a page of algebra to figure out after 10 pints.
Bergkamp's goal would inspire the Gunners to a 2-0 victory in the North East, that day, en route to the club completing their second domestic double in five seasons.
The effort has regularly been included in the conversation when people debate what the greatest goal scored in Premier League history is and, while it certainly deserves a honourable mention, it wasn't thundered off the crossbar like the crashing of a thousand waves (h/t Dennis Reynolds) like Tony Yeboah's effort against Liverpool in 1995 or Paul Scholes' thwack against Aston Villa in 2006, so it's definitely not the GOAT that some fans claim it to be. Soz, Dennis. But well done on scoring it, anyway.
Where does Bergkamp's taking of Nikos Dabizas' soul rank among the Premier League's greatest goals, for you, though?
Have your say in the comments section, below.
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