It was a great day for Dennis Bergkamp and Arsenal yesterday, as the Gunners legend was honoured with this statue which immortalises a moment when the Dutch master controlled a ball against Newcastle in 2003. It is easy to forget that, when Bergkamp arrived from Inter Milan in 1995, Arsenal were a fairly uninspiring team.
We had enjoyed a great period of success under George Graham, but it was based upon a solid defensive performance rather than the exciting and creative football we are used to now. Bergkamp was signed by Bruce Rioch, who only lasted a year before Wenger came in, and signing the Dutchman is by far the best thing he did. But Bergkamp will always be linked with Wenger’s revolution because his style epitomised the new approach. .......Read the full article here
There are still plenty of people who want to shoot Arsenal down, but Arsene Wenger and his players did not give them much ammunition yesterday. The best that the doubters could muster was that Sunderland were not very good. Maybe not, but we did not give them a chance to be.
Right from the start, Arsenal were crisp and creative in possession and cool, calm and collected in defence. The first three goals were top quality and so was a lot of our play. So it is no surprise to read, in a Sky Sports report, the manager waxing lyrical about his team. .......Read the full article here
I have been one of the Arsenal manager’s biggest critics in recent years because i felt he was more concerned with the board room than the training ground. However I must say that there has been major improvement in the team and he must take credit for that.
When he is focused on football, Arsene Wenger is the best. Per Mertersacker and Mathieu Flamini chewing team mates out is something that we have been missing for years. Our players needed to be made accountable on the pitch and that is happening now. .......Read the full article here
The former Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp would make the best Gunners XI of most fans. The Dutchman also scored arguably the best Arsenal and Premier league goal ever with an audacious piece of skill against Newcastle, so when you hear of a player being compared to Bergkamp it draws significant interest.
So it is no surprise to hear, in a report from the Independent, that Arsenal scouts have been to Holland to watch the 20-year old Ajax and Holland player Davy Klaassen who has been compared to the former Gunner. And the scouts will undoubtedly be coming back to north London with a glowing report, because young Klaassen, who plays in midfield, had a great game, scoring a hat-trick and helping Ajax to beat NAC Breda by 4-0. He was also given the Man of the Match award. .......Read the full article here
Mikel Arteta is a great Arsenal vice-captain. His cool head is a huge asset both on a and off the pitch. He is also a great role model for the other players in the squad, so they will listen to him when he says things, and amidst the growing excitement and confidence, his voice or reason could be useful in keeping everybody’s feet on the ground. .......Read the full article here
Dear Gooners, It is really good to see a more unified Arsenal fan base these days. It was getting to a point where either Arsene would have to spend, or the fans were eventually going to take matters into their own hands. I am relieved it was not the latter. Let us just hope that Arsene continues in this vein in the years to come – keeping our best players whilst buying top quality where necessary. .......Read the full article here
Dear Gooners, yesterday Michael wrote an excellent article about how he came about to love the Arsenal. It is great to see that it is not just the club’s successful history and prestige still attracting fans during these trophyless years, but more so the impeccable and timeless ethic our club has displayed on and off the pitch since its establishment. Arsenal just have that something that other clubs do not have. Call it swagger if you will, the way which Arsenal have conducted itself on many different fronts is something we can all be proud of. .......Read the full article here
The title may seem a bit random to many, and I’m sure a lot of people will be rummaging through their minds and history books to think about what happened on this day, 14 years ago. Well on the 3rd of August 1999, Arsenal officially signed arguably the greatest player to ever play for the club – Thierry Henry. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal need to add to the management team! by Ash
You may or may not be aware of the news that Manchester United will have the former Red Devil’s player Phil Neville on their coaching staff for next season and it made an idea that I firmly believe in spring to mind once again. .......Read the full article here
There is no doubt that Dennis Bergkamp is seen by Arsenal supporters as one of our greatest ever heroes along with other legends like Thierry Henry and Tony Adams, and it is great news that the Dutchman is going to be rewarded with a statue of his own at the Emirates this summer. .......Read the full article here
Olivier Giroud was talking about the necessity of Arsenal holding on to their best players, as well as investing in new ones. The striker also revealed that there was a possibility of him going to the German giants Bayern Munich before he agreed to come to the Emirates. Despite not being very highly regarded by many Arsenal fans, I think that Giroud has shown enough in his debut season to be able to count himself as one of those players that the Gunners must hold on to. .......Read the full article here
When Dennis Bergkamp ended his playing career in 2006, he had scored 122 goals for Arsenal at a rate of more than one every two games. He had picked up 10 winners medals with the the club, and been a key part of the invincibles who went an entire league season unbeaten.
The first match at the new Emirates Stadium was a testimonial for the non-flying Dutchman, and he will soon grace the stadium again, in statue form. Pictures of the statue were leaked on Twitter, and although it has not been officially announced by the club, Bergkamp seems set to be joining other legends Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman by being immortalised in Bronze. .......Read the full article here