Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Light wear to the lower rear motif. Some bobbles on one sleeve
Size: Adult's Extra Large
Chest Measurement: 42-44 Inches / 106-112 CM
Colour: Red, white trim
Player: Dennis Bergkamp
Official Nike Arsenal home football shirt from the 1996/97 season. Complete with Bergkamp #10 on the back of the shirt in original flock lettering.
Although Arsenal also wore this jersey for the following 1997/98 season, this was the last season before the Premier League introduced standardised numbers and lettering on the back of the shirts for all clubs.
Condition of this original football jersey is 8/10 - Excellent. Light wear to the lower rear motif. Some bobbles on one sleeve (see photos).
Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing. A classic player and a great piece of football memorabilia.
The appointment of Arsène Wenger as Arsenal manager in September 1996 marked a turning point in Bergkamp's career. Wenger, who had moderate success coaching in France and Japan, recognised Bergkamp's talent and wanted to use him as a fulcrum of the team's forward play. Both were advocates of a continental style of attacking football, and Wenger's decision to impose a strict fitness and health regime pleased Bergkamp.
Despite making fewer appearances in the 1996–97 season, Bergkamp was more influential in the first team, creating 13 assists. Against Tottenham Hotspur in November 1996, he set up an 88th-minute winner for captain Tony Adams to volley in using his left foot. He then scored in injury time, controlling a high ball with his left foot and evading his marker Stephen Carr in a tight area to set up his shot.
Bergkamp received his first red card against Sunderland in January 1997 for a high tackle on midfielder Paul Bracewell in the 26th minute. Arsenal went on to lose the match 1–0, but a run of eight wins in their final 16 matches gave the club a third-place finish, missing out on a spot in the Champions League via goal difference.
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