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Bergkamp Could Return To Arsenal

The words 'world class' and 'legend' are frivolously bandied around these day without much thought to their meaning, in Dennis Bergkamp however, we have a player who is the epitome of both terms.

Bergkamp arrived in North London on the back of a fruitless and formless spell in Italy. Dennis went on to score 120 goals for the Gunners but that isn't the sole reason for his legendary status, oh no, Bergkamp's loyalty to Arsenal and the class he oozed both on and off the field (do you ever remember reading a Bergkamp quote in the press?) is the reason Arsenal fans go all misty eyed at the mere mention of his name.

So the juices have been set positively flowing at the thought of him returning home, which is something Bergy wouldn't say no to.

'I wouldn't rule out [working at Arsenal in some capacity].

'I really love this club and the country and I love working here. I would advise everyone to work in England, as a player or a coach, it just breathes football. It is fantastic for the game.

'I think when I first came it was a case that [there was a lack of technical ability]. Then a lot of foreign players came in and probably improved the game.

'Now I feel that there are foreign players who are coming in who aren't improving the game because you've got English players who are technically better.

'It has changed. If you only look at Arsenal for example, you have 16-year-olds with fantastic technique who came through the system so you must be doing something right.'


Arsene Wenger is well known for employing former players at his club, Steve Bould, Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Danny Karbassiyoon are just a couple of names to work for Arsene after retiring as a player, the addition of Bergkamp to that list would be most welcome by Arsenal fans ...... wouldn't it?







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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 15 2009

Time: 8:53AM

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Great news. If he could only borrow his vision, touch and control to Diaby, the latter would be awesome.
G4L
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15/01/2009 09:12:00

...final ball as well.
G4L
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15/01/2009 09:15:00

Great to hear from the legend again, let alone this. But er, did Big Tone work for Arsene after he retired? I'd add the Grimster to that list, who's done well as a scout, uncovering Diaby and Sagna for example. Back to Bergkamp, yeah, just imagine how the likes of RvP, Ade, Vela, Theo, Eduardo, Cesc, Nasri, etc. could learn from him. That'd be even better than signing a new striker. (Sorry I'm salivating.)
GoonerLou
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15/01/2009 09:30:00

Yeah Tony did a bit of scouting for Arsene, he didn't last long though, he was asked what he was doing at a certain game and he just came out and told people which player he was watching for Arsenal .... lol .... he was never a very tactful person our Tone. I can't believe I forgot about The Grimster. Shame on me.
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 09:37:00

Now he WAS a quality player and a great advert for bringing foreign players to the Prem.
The Fear
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15/01/2009 09:43:00

How AWESOME would Theo and Ade be if they had Bergkamp's intelligence? Bloody world class I say!
Tom14
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15/01/2009 09:43:00

He's still learning his trade as a coach, so what better instruction could he get than from AW himself! A rare gentleman of the game. Open Arms Dennis!
navydave
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15/01/2009 09:48:00

He certainly was JP, there aren't many foreign players who will be remembered in English football forever, but Dennis is one of them!!
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 09:50:00

I can watch Bergy assist for Freddie against Juve all day, and still wonder how he did it, and never get bored!!
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 09:51:00

I watched this interview with Bob Wilson on Arsenal TV. He was trying to make out that the Spin touch against Newcastle was easy and it was the only natural thing to do. No Dennis, you made it look easy because you are a great player. I have tried it a few times during games and although once i pulled of something which might of looked good, i didnt really mean it and i missed the shot afterwards.
paul_ownz
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15/01/2009 09:55:00

His goal against Newcastle is the most technically brilliant goal you will ever see. Intenlligence, vision, touch, composure, strength, technique and clinical finishing ..... football perfection.
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 09:58:00

lol @ Big Tone! Speaking of whom, Pompey's defensive record hasn't exactly been fantastic eh..? You just don't know if a great player in his trade would become a great coach too. But just imagine how our players could just watch Dennis and learn how to attack. Or simply see how humble and loyal this guy is and learn a bit of that too please.
GoonerLou
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15/01/2009 10:26:00

So many bits of brilliance from him stick out. The Newcastle goal, the goals against Argentina & Leicester, the assist for Ljungbergs goal against Juventus, Goal against Sunderland...
paul_ownz
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15/01/2009 10:29:00

Can you imagine the talent we would attract if DB10 were to come home home in a coaching capacity.
Big - Gun
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15/01/2009 10:47:00

"His goal against Newcastle is the most technically brilliant goal you will ever see" Oh come on, there were better goals. Henry's against United, Zola vs Norwich, Zidane vs milan and the maradona one.
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 11:31:00

Overmars also worked as a scout for us (now he's come out of retirement and is playing again for Go Ahead Eagles- the club he began with). Sentiment would make this a great choice, whether he turns out to be a good coach we'll have to wait and see. But he could get people listening to him for sure. The only problem is with coaches like Dennis, a point paul_ownz sort of inferred above, players of great natural ability can struggle as coaches, teaching lesser mortals things that come naturally to themselves is a difficult ask and I bet it would be frustrating for Bergkamp to coach somebody like Kevin Davies.
Little Dutch
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15/01/2009 11:40:00

He could teach him a couple of the elbows, although i think Davies is experienced enough in that department.
paul_ownz
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15/01/2009 12:03:00

at least hell teach some of our players to shut their milk dud hole and let the football do the talking
gooner_till_i_die
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15/01/2009 12:44:00

Kev - You'll notice the word "technical" in there. There was nothing technical about Henry's and Zola's (which I actually don't see as being better than Bergkamp's anyway) they were pure instinct, just something that happened. Dennis's goal was calcualted, he had it planned and new exactly what was going to happen as soon as it left Bobby's boot.
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 14:37:00

A legend, brilliant to watch, I hope he is as good at coaching as he a player.
Buzz Lightyear
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15/01/2009 15:04:00

wow, that was very un-wenger like, he confirmed that arsenal are indeed in talks with zenit...sweeet.
gooner_till_i_die
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15/01/2009 15:06:00

I get your point, but even in the premeditated goal category, it wouldn't be in my top five.
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 15:12:00

A bit of a proky there but we will let you off because you support the bankrupt.
Tom14
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15/01/2009 15:24:00

What are they then Kev ..... enighten us!!
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 15:24:00

Le Tiss had a few.
Tom14
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15/01/2009 15:31:00

lol, okay, let's see...Zidane's against Milan (that was calculated), Roberto Baggio vs a team looking like Udinese , not sure. Romario's best goal while he was at psv, Di Napoli vs milan , Ibrahimovic's best goal at ajax. Last but not least, Van Basten's goal against the commies. I know I've named six instead of five, but that's because I don't care. ;p
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 15:47:00

Nah, those goals, whilst brilliant in their own right, did not have the same level of innovation and improvisation. Running past an entire team or spanking a volley into the top corner, whilst undeniably excellent, don't take a great deal of brain power. The pulling them off takes an awful lot of skill and technique, but not the same level of thought. That's what sets Bergkamp's goal apart, put yourself in his position, you've got your back to goal, surrounded by defenders and Pires drills the ball at you pretty hard. 99.9% of people on the planet would hold the ball up and look to retain possession, in the 0.00003 milliseconds it takes for that ball to arrive, at what point did Bergkamp think, "I know, I'll skim the ball of the inside of my instep, twirl around the defender in the opposite direction and I'll be in on goal." The execution was amazing, but Bergkamp's goal is set apart because, while I can imagine having a ball at my feet and thinking "I know, I'll just leg it around six players" or "why don't I just whack it on the volley first time", I cannot fathom how Bergkamp thought of that, much less achieved it.
Little Dutch
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15/01/2009 15:55:00

Oh come on LD, Pires wasn't so close, Drogba on his prime would've scored as well, maybe not as pretty, nevertheless, it shows he received a good pass. Di Napoli's for instance, he had no one, nothing, he was alone with three milan defenders, he played with the defenders, out of nowhere he found the goal. The most technical goal isn't synonymous to "the smartest goal ever".
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 16:06:00

Well, its the smartest goal ever then. Nit picking!
Tom14
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15/01/2009 16:11:00

I'd say it's the smartest individual goal ever from an open play.
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 16:14:00

Talk aboutt giving something a label .... lol
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 16:17:00

Hey, it's unique and undebatable.
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 16:26:00

Kinda like Chelsea financial troubles eh!! lol
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 16:34:00

It's not that we don't have money, it's just that the manager has chosen not to buy. Money is available to him. Sounds familiar?
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 16:42:00

Nope, we actually have money. You just loan it from an idiot.
Tom14
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15/01/2009 16:46:00

Arsenal is only buying players because if you don't, you'll lose a-feckin-lot of money. Villa forced you to buy. The "idiot" is our owner, and he's allowed to loan any money Chelsea needs (not that he has a lot, anymore lol).
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 16:53:00

We could finish fourth with our current team. But signing Arshavin would allow us to progress and possibly start our assault on the League title. I mean, no other team is taking it at the moment.
Tom14
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15/01/2009 16:59:00

You have money Kev? Tell that to JT who now has to buy his own bacon butties at the players canteen!!!
Rocky7
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15/01/2009 17:00:00

We don't , I was being sarcastic, because that's your board's excuse for not spending. Plus, they get 100k a week, is it too hard to ask to buy coca cola or a playboy magazine with their own money?
k_chelski
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15/01/2009 17:19:00

Get him to coach the Academy, would do wonders for them.
Tiny T
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15/01/2009 17:51:00

You lost the great goal argument by comparing Zola's vs Norwich Kev! Kanu did it years earlier vs Boro away! Bergkamps goals was so mesmerising people still to this day question whether he meant it or not, If Sky plus had been around them days I would have worn out the hard drive re watching it! Hope he comes back in some capacity, he would of course be hampered by his fear of flying but would be great to have him around the place in some capacity.
iceman10
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15/01/2009 19:12:00

when he returns bet he comes by boat.lol
mick66owl
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15/01/2009 19:22:00

I saw the entire interview and it was excellent. My all time favourite Arsenal player and I'd love to see him back, for the obvious sentimental reasons. He is aware that he is nowhere near qualified, and said that he needed a few more years. Take as long as you ilke, Dennis, we'll still welcome you with open arms.
prits
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15/01/2009 20:52:00

This is not the right thread at all but guys I'm scratching my head in disbelief at this Kaka to Man City story. If it wasn't already, the world of football has gone officially mad. I'm gonna laugh for one week solid if Man City get relegated.
Gooner_Vin
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15/01/2009 23:24:00

Stupid argument from a bitter sack of crap whose team is going down the drain. Whether or not its the best goal of all time is clearly open to opinion, it seems to me that the majority opinion here is that it was, now ***** off kev.
Ozi Gooner
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16/01/2009 03:26:00

Sorry to move off the topic but what did Arsene say today in the ATVO interview about Bullard and Hangeland?
ArsenalRob
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16/01/2009 14:16:00

Someone is Oozing class, lol.Alright mate, no problem, I'll go.
k_chelski
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16/01/2009 15:26:00

Having DB10 back at The Arsenal, would be a dream come true!
hackneyval
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18/01/2009 18:44:00

 

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