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Dennis Bergkamp may drive to Amsterdam for Arsenal’s Champions League encounter with Ajax in a fortnight’s time.

Bergkamp has often missed European away games due to his fear of flying, but following Robin Van Persie’s red card during Wednesday’s 2-1 win over FC Thun, he may be required by coach Arsene Wenger.

“I will make the decision as late as possible. When you make a player travel that far you have to be sure that you will play him,” said Wenger.

“Seven hours’ travel is sometimes tricky if you want to make changes to your plans at the last second.”

Bergkamp came off the bench to score a last minute winner against Thun.

“The determination of Dennis was fantastic and a good example for our youngsters,” said Wenger.

“We had character and quality in our game and kept going.

“It was very important to win because we did not (against Middlesbrough) on Saturday and not doing so against FC Thun would have been mentally difficult for the players.”

Thun benefitted from Van Persie’s dismissal.

“Ten versus 11 is difficult,” added Wenger.

“I think it was the wrong decision, Van Persie did not want to make a foul and tried to play the ball. It was an accident.

“We scored a great goal first and then they scored – I don’t know how they scored – I think the guy wanted to cross the ball.

“But that’s part of football, you have to accept it – and we had to do it again.”

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