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Time For Arsenal To Bring Back Bergkamp?

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An unashamed and direct request, bring back the Bergkamp as coach. Cometh the ice man, cometh, cometh to lift the Emirates. Legend an understatement to an icon of knowledge and footballing prowess that is sorely missed. The likes of Bendtner, Vela, Van Persie, Chamakh, Afobe, Aneke, Emmanuel-Thomas, Sunu, Walcott and Watt would gain another 20% from the Dutch Master.

Thierry could return and show fine finishing and technique. Dennis brings a calmness an assurance and more experience. Not just a tutor but a mentor. Someone who would encourage shooting from distance, making the last touch count, how to use your body shape to create chances. A can do mentality without rash decision making.

Arsenal has some very polished diamonds at the sharp end of the action. A season of Bergkamp buff and the could be stars would be the present Emirates Jewels. Personality and perserverance over substance and reputation…do you think Dennis is the right man for the job?



  1. widge

    February 4, 2011 at 10:13 am


  2. kharadonha

    February 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’ve been long waiting for someone to say this and finally some genius from Arsenal do notice what is needed. Bergkamp will always be the Gunners hero no matter what and your suggestion should go unnotice as Wenger needs guys who is fully aware of what is needed in modern football.

    Bring him back with his calmness in front of goals so that our boys can learn how to deal with those kind of situations.

    You spot on there my fellow Gooner

    South African Gooner till I die

  3. nicky

    February 4, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Before going overboard with the idea of Bergkamp as a coach, is the guy capable of coaching? He was a legend as a player, one of Arsenal’s greats but that doesn’t mean he could impart his knowledge to others. The same applies to Henry. You have to learn coaching in the same way you have to learn any other profession.

    • leecrossland

      February 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      The big DB has been coaching at Ajax. Klinsmann, Van Basten have both done well with their toe dipping in to management. Lets not forget were talking coaching not managing!

  4. Brett

    February 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

    He’s the youth coach at Ajax atm. Doing alright and has stated he’d like to return to Arsenal in some form (working with strikers seems the main thing).

    He initially said he didn’t want to be a full time coach but his new job as Youth Coach shows he might’ve changed his mind.

  5. stu

    February 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

    just because he was an amazing player doesnt mean he will be a an excellent coach.

    His expierence can help the players but let him learn the trade at Ajax, he has just been made youth coach, so lets see how he gets on.

    Steve Bould is doing a brilliant job for us at the mo and i would love to see him promoted to assistant or to 1st team coach, if pat rice decides to retire

  6. metalhead

    February 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I agree with Nicky. Coaching and playing are two different things. Alan Shearer is a classic example.

    • leecrossland

      February 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Shearer…good player and promoter of big macs…Punditry and coaching not big Al’s strong point!

  7. samuel

    February 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

    It,s not the coach/es problem if certain players (Walcott and Wilshere )just don,t have the silky skills of Cesc ,Rosicky,Nasri ,van Pesrie,or a Pires,Ljungberg
    as those certain players could never acquire these silky skills when their under 10,11 and 12 age groups play on full side soccer pitches where it,s the usual kick and run English style ,that doesn,t teach first touch brilliance and wonderful all round ball control ,these skills are honed on five a side tiny all weather courts throughout Europe but not in the UK and surrounds,Wales,Ireland ,Scotland,therein lies the problems of the EFA ?

    • leecrossland

      February 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Ashburton grove has the facilities these players need. We may not have the european weather but many cities have 5 or 6 aside leagues. A lot of rough diamonds are missed, but all need experienced coaches when found.

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  10. nonono

    February 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    you guys are slightly off the mark here. no one suggests being a great footballer equals being a fantastic coach. but it sure does help. pep guadiola is a perfect example of this. and at the end of the day, pretty much 95% of coaches today where once footballers in their past so that must be a benefit.

  11. mojo

    February 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Unfortunately good managers rarely come from good players,mourinho,wenger, ferguson need i go on.

    • leecrossland

      February 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Coach not manager…Management means having a mentor for a good few seasons…

  12. ASNLthruNthru

    February 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Always beleived that Denis would make a great coach and manager.

  13. Peter King Oloo

    February 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Ummm! Have u guys put the fact that he doesn’t like flying into consideration? He wd b a fine coach though, seems he’s doin pretty fine over at Ajax.

    However, calmness & authority under pressure is not given thru a cup of tea, or some kind of food, & at their age, i highly doubt they can learn calmness if they dont have it.
    E.g, for ol his attacking verve lately, Song will never bekam Songinho…or rather Nasri!

  14. realistic tony

    February 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Is wenger any better as a football coach? Wenger rarely talks tactics…they say he never mentions the oppositions strengths and weaknesses or the formations.
    What Wenger was a brilliant manager for was his belief and establishment of the total-football ethic at arsenal. More of an end product manager rather than the nuts-and-bolts basic manager….his lack of defensive strategy or even his clueless centre-back acquisitions will testify to that. I am critical of Wenger as a pure football coach but i am totally impressed with Wengers infrastructure and organisation management. Someone like the legend BERGKAMP theoretically would be brilliant…as he is a total-football disciple and maybe his defensive awareness is not clueless as is wenger’s.
    bergkamp in..wenger upstairs.

    • JEL

      February 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Sorry, but who are you to say Wenger rarely talks tactics? Have you ever been in the dressing room while he talks with his players or coaches? I guarantee the answer is no! Defensive strategy??? Clueless centre back acquisitions??? Do you know the name of the manager responsible for managing ‘The Invincible’s’ back in 2003/2004? It was Arsene Wenger! I’m pretty sure to do a feat like that you need to enact tactics and defensive strategy. So learn you fact before you talk!

    • leecrossland

      February 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

      You need Yin and Yan for success. Good point well made.

  15. shir

    February 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    you guyz don mix playing n coaching as the samething,the dutch was outstanding player n a legend ofcourse but you cud find him managerial as a wastage,so don pretend.the best example goes 2 maradona,the genius.daglish ken n others

  16. JEL

    February 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Bergkamp would be an amazing coach and quite possible manager in the future for Arsenal, but I don’t believe he would move to Arsenal any time soon. He was just promoted to head youth coach at the legendary Ajax academy, and I feel he would develop his coaching skills skills more there than acting as just a coach at Arsenal. His footballing brain is genius like and any youngster learning from him will definitely improve. I also think the likes of Viera, Henry, Pires, & co. could also be great future coaches and potential managers.

  17. realistic tony

    February 5, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    oh dear jel…you have let yourself down here old bean…..fabregas himself said that he doesnt mention the opposition in team talks…he was surprised at the total difference with the world cup spain side and arsenal’s team talks..also the defense that brought him the major trophies relied heavily on the george graham back 4 or 5.
    He bought vermaelen which was a very good signing..but squillachi cygan steph…..oh im not even bothering to list them…if you care to think im sure you will remember the other clowns . He also doesnt understand what a proper captain is all about….he had adams , so he shouldve known exactly what it takes……..wenger has his strengths …but for me not a brilliant coach..there are potentially lots better with an eye for a good player.

  18. realistic tony

    February 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    stop press: 4-4 newcastle…..where was the leader?…..In the 2nd half its worst performance i can ever remember…theres a real weakness at arsenal and it stems from the manager. (ITS NOT THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON IS IT?)
    No fight, no resolve…totally “spooked” by joey barton

    • leecrossland

      February 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Not the best performance…but two ‘non’penalties, down to ten men and a team of zombies all of a sudden raising 25 gears…yes we should have held out…but when Djourou goes off injured and slow mo squillaci steps up we lose a lot at the back.

  19. MANU U.

    March 29, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Bergkamp was one of the most dedicated players in Arsenal.I hope he can show his efficiency as coach in Emirates and away matches.Only he can thrash Manchester United.

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