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'So elegant', 'gorgeous footballer': Lineker and Shearer heap praise on two Arsenal icons

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Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Micah Richards featured on BBC’s Match of the Day Top 10 podcast to rank the Premier League’s greatest strike partnerships.

From Shearer and Sutton to Ronaldo and Rooney, and from Phillips and Quinn to Mane and Salah, every prolific strike force over the last three decades was considered, but only ten of them made the list.

If an Arsenal fan had to pick two players for the top spot, the answer would be easy – Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner.

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Alright, we’re sorry, it’d be Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

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The duo made football more fun than it ever was for many Arsenal supporters. They were the cherry on top of Arsene Wenger’s delicious cake, and they will always remain in the conversation of the best strike forces in the history of the Premier League.

Alan Shearer ranked the pair third behind Rooney and Ronaldo, and Yorke and Cole, while Richards had the Arsenal pair as runners up behind Manchester United’s legendary strike force from the late 90’s.

‘Henry was so elegant in the way he ran with the ball and his technique,’ said Shearer.

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Richards added: “Henry was delightful to watch. I remember going to watch a game when I was in City’s academy and he controlled a ball over the top with his right foot, and shot with his left, and I’ve never seen that live before. I was an Arsenal fan growing up and to see that live was great.

“Bergkamp’s goal against Newcastle in 2002 might be the best I’ve ever seen. How do you do that? He could have scored more goals but he was effortless the way he played.”

Lineker finished the debate by saying: “I’ve got a lot of friends who are Arsenal fans and they say Bergkamp is the man. He was a gorgeous footballer, but I see Henry ahead of him personally.”

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