Eriksen credits Arsenal legend for aiding his development

Date published: Tuesday 14th November 2017 11:17

Christian Eriksen has lauded Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp for the impact he has had on his career.

Eriksen and the iconic Bergkamp crossed paths during the Dane’s years with Ajax, where he played 162 games in three years.

Bergkamp was appointed assistant manager at the Dutch club a year into Eriksen’s first-team tenure, and helped hone the midfielder’s talent before his departure for Tottenham in 2013.

“In my first year at Ajax we had some sessions with Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk,” he told Sky Sports.

“We did this passing drill with a striker from the team. We worked on certain movements, learning how to measure his runs and then passing the ball to exactly the right place at exactly the right moment.

“Even then, you could always see Dennis’s charisma and confidence on the ball. He always knew how to take his first touch and where the ball needed to end up afterwards.

“I learned a lot from watching him and working with him. It helped me when I made it through to the first team.”

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