Arsenal offer trial to son of club legend Dennis Bergkamp with midfielder Mitchel given a chance to impress for the Gunners’ U23 side after leaving Dutch second-tier side Almere City
- Arsenal have taken Mitchel Bergkamp on trial, son of legendary forward Dennis
- The Dutch midfielder has been training with club’s U23 side at London Colney
- His father played 423 times for the Gunners and won seven trophies with them
Arsenal have taken the son of club legend Dennis Bergkamp on trial, with midfielder Mitchel training with the Under-23 side at their training ground this week.
The 22-year-old is a free agent after leaving Dutch second-tier outfit Almere City this summer, and will have a chance to impress manager Steve Bould.
The player’s father is a cult figure at the Emirates and played 423 games during a trophy-laded spell for the club. The Dutchman won seven major trophies – including three Premier League crowns.
Arsenal have handed a trial to Mitchel Bergkamp, son of legendary former striker Dennis
His father played 423 times for the Gunners and scored 120 goals, becoming a club favourite
He is recognised as one of the greatest players of his generation and scored 120 goals for the Gunners.
Arsenal staff have been watching over Mitchel to assess his quality at London Colney, with fans hoping the club have unearthed a gem in the same vein as Bergkamp Snr.
Mitchel, who primarily plays as an attacking midfielder behind the striker, had spent his entire career with Almere – joining them in 2017, turning out for their youth teams but failing to make an appearance for the senior side. He grew up in London as a boy and featured for London outfit Hadley Wood Rangers.
The club have recently embarked on a revamp of their youth-set up, overseen by Head of Youth Development Per Mertesacker and have been looking to recruit more youngsters to their Under-23 side.
The attacking midfielder is a free agent after leaving Dutch second-tier side Almere City
He said Arsenal would ‘always be home’ having watched his father play for the club with pride
Arsenal have sent out 14 youth prospects out on loan this season, meaning more triallists are being welcomed to fill the void.
Speaking to Dutch outlet ELF Voetbal last year, Mitchel admitted Arsenal was ‘like home’ having watched his father play for the team with so much passion – and said their former Highbury stadium held a special place in his heart.
‘I remember well at Highbury, that stadium. I remember sitting there and my dad scored against West Bromwich Albion. He really celebrated it beautifully by kissing his ring and pointing up. I often look back moments, but this is something that is etched in my memory.
‘My father also played for Internazionale and Ajax, two wonderful clubs, but Arsenal feels like home. Whether I choose the Emirates or Highbury? Then I would have preferred to play at Highbury. There are the memories of everything my father has done for the club.’