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Dennis Bergkamp’s son completes Arsenal trial as contract decision made

Arsenal have opted not to offer Mitchel Bergkamp a deal at the Emirates.

The son of Gunners and Netherlands legend Dennis, 22, underwent a week-long trial with the north Londoners.

However, Mitchel – who was released by Almere City in June – failed to make a lasting impression and was thus not offered a deal from his father's former club.

Arsenal's decision not to offer Mitchel a contract has ended hopes of the attacking midfielder following in his father's footsteps.

Despite the Gunners deciding against adding him to their books, Mitchel will likely still hold the current FA Cup winners close to his heart.

“My father also played for Internazionale and Ajax, two wonderful clubs, but Arsenal feels like home,” he said during an interview with ELF Voetbal last year.

“Whether I choose the Emirates or Highbury? I would have preferred to play at Highbury. There are the memories of everything my father has done for the club.”

Mitchel's father spent ten years in north London and is considered by many to be one of the greatest foreign signings in Premier League history.

Premier League's most expensive kit deals

  1. Manchester United (Adidas) – £75m-a-season
  2. Liverpool (Nike) – £70m-a-season*
  3. Manchester City (Puma) – £65m-a-season
  4. Chelsea (Nike) – £60m-a-season
  5. Arsenal (Adidas) – £50m-a-season
  6. Tottenham (Nike) – £30m-a-season

*If bonuses are met

The Dutchman joined the Gunners in the summer of 1995 from Italian giants Inter Milan for a fee in the region of £7.5million.

Arsenal's outlay for the forward ended up being a snip as he would go on to become one of the club's greatest players.

Bergkamp made a total of 423 appearances under Bruce Rioch and Arsene Wenger, the latter of whom he really shone under.

The former Netherlands international scored 110 goals for the club, whom he won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with.

Bergkamp, to this day, still holds the record for the most Premier League assists in Arsenal history – with 94 set-ups to his name.

The beloved forward retired from football following the culmination of the 2005-06 season, with his testimonial serving as the first game at the Emirates Stadium.

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