Robin van Persie: Why Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp were special
Written by Renzo on May 12, 2011 4:45
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie confessed that he learned a lot from the Invincibles when he joined the Gunners from Feyenoord.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the 27-year old explained it was a dream coming true to play alongside great players like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira, a great experience that he loved even when he came on as a late substitute in the second half.
On what made these legends special, the Dutchman declared that the way they trained and played is almost impossible to describe with words as their passion and the amount of respect they had for the game was a lesson for him when he was young.
On the Invincibles, van Persie said:
It was a dream coming true for me to play with Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, [Robert] Pires, [Patrick] Vieira, I loved it, I loved every single training session, every single game, even if the boss gave me two minutes, as Dennis Bergkamp substitute.
I was still proud to come on for Dennis Bergkamp and play for Arsenal, I was really proud to wear that shirt.
That’s where everything started for me, I was so convinced about myself and the faith the boss had in me that we were working together on this.
The most important things with [big players] is the way they trained and played. For me it was really important, just to look at them sometimes.
Words are not as strong as actions and their actions were so strong, giving 100%, treating football with the highest amount of respect. That was the biggest lesson for me overall, just being around, being surrounded by them.