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Robin Van Bergkamp

Robin Van Bergkamp

After his double against Blackburn and his winner against Watford Van Persie has been paid one of the biggest compliments he could possibly be paid.

Arsene Wenger has compared the Flying-Dutchman to his non-flying compatriot Dennis Bergkamp.

Speaking after the ugly 2-1 win over Watord Wenger said: 'He has developed into a team player now.

'He works very hard and in this game created more chances in the first half. In the second he had only one and scored.

'He did it in a great style and there is some Bergkamp in there in the way he finishes - he is open-footed, strikes it cleanly and makes quick decisions.

'I believe he has developed a lot. His link play is better as he knows now how to get where the defence don't like him to be.

'He has a good mixture between going forward and dropping off - and Dennis had that.

'You have to know where to be on a football pitch but he senses that. And he is much more mature as well.'

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday December 27 2006
Time: 12:02AM


good article, i agree to a certain extent of how similar he is to Dennis, i remember saying this a couple of years ago when i first saw him play. but there is a big difference, Robin loves scoring goals, his main aim is to score.. Dennis loved to make them more than score, yes scored some superb goals, but in his later years he dictated play, and Robin doesn't do that, he would rather finish the play.. we have cesc to determine the play now, and i like the balance, but there is a certain amount of Dennis in him, or maybe its just a dutch thing ;)
27/12/2006 00:07:00
i have noticed that a lot of Dutch strikers have a very instinctive way of playing. I agree to some extent with the bergkamp comparison however he is probably more similar in style to Van Basten. Just left-footed. Van Persie still has a lot of work to do if he is to fulfill his astronomical potential but if he does my word he will be some player!
27/12/2006 01:26:00
The must keep his feet on the ground, be patient while ironing out his weaknesses and the rest is a mixture of determination and his natural ability. He is still very much in his developing years and must work very hard because its obvious how good he can be.
27/12/2006 01:30:00
He needs to work on his right foot! World class defenders will take away his left and if he is not at least half as deadly with his right, he will struggle. He also needs to share the ball more as it would add another dimension to his game and make him more Bergkampesque (?!). He is a brilliant talent, another great one in the making Arsene!
27/12/2006 01:53:00
What a goal he scored last night, the moment Martin Tyler screamed Van Persie, he is onside, i just knew he is going to score, you get that feeling with certain players, and if he keeps his head in the right place, he will become a Arsenal Legend, and i agree with mikec, he is more like van basten than like Dennis, cuz There is only one DENNIS BERGKAMP, and there won't be anyone like him for the next hundred years..
27/12/2006 06:45:00
my son has been watching MOTD, he is 6 yrs old, his whole face lit up when RVP scored his goal from yesterday, he said, HE IS AMAZING ! mind you that is after i took him to see blackburn and told him RVP is a very good player.. now he thinks he is a god !
27/12/2006 10:05:00
I think RVP needs to work on his final ball and be more consistant in his finishing before compared to Bergkamp. He's defenetly got the quality but needs to work on his finishing to be put in the Berglamp / world class brackett.
27/12/2006 13:32:00
I have said for a long time that he needs to work on his right foot. As Wenger said, his link up play and team ethic has impoved greatly over the last month or so.
27/12/2006 19:38:00
RVP is worthy of the praise. His finishing touch on the winner goal was amazing. Great stuff man. The way Wacott facilitated that goal was classic too.
28/12/2006 02:08:00
Plenty of work for the young dutchman to crack on with. That said, he has the most lethal left foot I have ever seen.
28/12/2006 03:06:00
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