Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp's son Mitchel joins Watford on six-month contract after unsuccessful Gunners trial

THE son of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has signed for Watford on a six-month deal.

Mitchel, 22, has linked up with the Hornets' Under-23s after an unsuccessful trial with the Gunners in November.


Bergkamp Junior spent a week with Steve Bould's Under-23s at London Colney but was not kept on.

There is an option to extend his time at Watford if he impresses at the Championship side.

Bergkamp has been a free agent since last summer when he left Dutch second-tier side Almere City after nine years at the club.

He plays as an attacking midfielder and reassured fans he can handle the pressure of being the son of a legend of the game.

Bergkamp is the latest in a long line of sons who have tried to emulate the footballing careers of their famous fathers, including Phil Neville's lad Harvey and Paolo Maldini's boy Daniel.

He told the Watford website: "When I was younger it was difficult [to be compared all the time] but I've adapted to it now.

"It's just my name and I'm my own player and hopefully I can leave my own legacy.

"He's been amazing to me and for me. He's my No1 fan and has always been there for me.

"It's a privilege to have him as my dad and to work with him on my game."

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Bergkamp revealed he is eager to show what he can do at his new club and said: "I'm very pleased and really excited for the future.

'It's great to get this opportunity and I can't wait to get on the pitch and start the hard work.

"I've been on trial, I've been working hard and I'm just really glad to get the chance to prove myself.

'I want to prove myself with the Under-23s and then one day hopefully get an opportunity for the first team. But it all starts with hard work."

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Bergkamp's dad Dennis made 404 appearances in 11 years at Arsenal before he retired in 2006.

He does have some family interest in the Prem despite his son's second-tier move as his daughter Estelle is dating Manchester United's Donny van de Beek.

Bergkamp senior was part of the Invincibles side in 2003-04 and won three Premier League titles as well as three FA Cups.

His time at the Gunners is commemorated with a statue outside the Emirates.

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