Geoff Shreeves picks Arsenal legend as the Premier League player he enjoyed watching most
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Geoff Shreeves has named an Arsenal legend as the player he enjoyed watching the most in the Premier League, describing him as "so good".
Shreeves spent over 30 years working for Sky Sports and was a vital part of their Premier League coverage.
Working as a touchline reporter and interview, he was a huge hit for delivering some of the most memorable moments involving players and managers.
He's seen all the greats up close and personal and found it difficult to decide who is the Premier League's best ever player.
However, when it came to naming the star who providing him with the most entertainment and joy, Dennis Bergkamp had to be his answer.
Shreeves interviewed the Dutchman and was left stunned by the intelligent way in which he spoke about football as he described his outrageous solo goal against Newcastle back in 2002.
"I don't know if you can say if he's the best player in Premier League history," Shreeves said on the Inside Scoop podcast. If you said to me, 'Which player did I enjoy watching the most?' - it's a ridiculous question because so many have been so good but me personally, Bergkamp.
"I sat down with him once and I said to him, 'Tell me about your master of a football etcetera'. He said, 'It's simple, I used to kick a ball against the wall. I said that loads of kids do that to learn the touch.
"He said, 'No, you learn to understand the behaviour of the ball because football is like trigonometry. It's easy to react to the situation. If you understand the patterns, it's what's gonna happen before it happens - that's when you learn about space and that's when you learn about how to move the ball'.
"So I said to him, 'I've got to ask you - do you understand why people question your famous goal against Newcastle - do you understand why they don't believe you mean it?'.
"He said, 'Yeah, it was lucky'. So I'm thinking I've got a scoop here - Dennis Bergkamp has just admitted it was lucky.
"He said, 'I'll tell you why it was lucky - because Robert Pires fired it into me and I actually wanted it on my right foot and it came on my left. So that was lucky. Nikos Dabizas was behind me and I thought he was touch tight. If he's a yard off me, when I make that touch it looks like a bad touch'.
"I said, 'So the rest you knew what you were doing?. He went, 'Of course!'".
Bergkamp played 315 times in the Premier League, scoring 87 goals and registering 94 assists. The former Ajax star won three Premier League titles and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021.