Should Arsenal bring back Bergkamp as striker coach?

One of the best players to grace the pitch in an Arsenal shirt is Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp. It’s been awhile since we last saw Bergkamp at the club, however is there any chance that he could be in for a return role in the coaching department?

Dennis Bergkamp left the Arsenal as one of the club’s greatest ever players. The Dutchman was one of the most influential and creative players that not just arsenal have seen, but that the Premier League has seen in its entirety. His legendary status therefore obtains much admiration, and players are surely ambitious to play the role that Bergkamp did. He was influential on the pitch as well as more recently off it, with Bergkamp telling Arsenal.com how he teaches youth players, ‘The Arsenal Way.’

Bergkamp is currently a coach in his home nation of Holland, working with players at Ajax. Bergkamp has often been linked with a return to North London, with the idea of a coaching role being mentioned every now and then, but such a move has never materialised. Speaking to Arsenal.com, Bergkamp spoke of how ‘The Arsenal Way’ of playing has remained with him and he is keen to infuse his techniques on the game, through every available opportunity he gets.

Bergkamp said: “I’ve been in coaching now about seven or eight years, or nine maybe, but the best thing for me is being on the pitch, especially with the strikers, that’s my kind of thing, to teach them the details of football.

“How to control a ball, how to shoot a ball, how to pass it, how to look for other players. That’s my main thing, my ambition is not to be a head coach, to be the top coach, but more our work now in the coaching staff and play my part within the room.

“I’m giving my opinion and tell them how I feel about it, but in the end there is a head coach who decides what’s happening and my part is more on the pitch with the players, especially the strikers. The first thing when I watch English football is I want to see Arsenal, I want to see how they are doing. I played 11 years at Arsenal and I tried to give something back to the players that I’m teaching now.”

Arsenal has clearly had a longstanding effect on Bergkamp, so much so he is teaching the next generation of footballers coming out of Ajax, to follow the Gunners style of play. Bergkamp has been coaching for many years now and has been linked with a return to Arsenal. With the experience in management that he now has, do you think he’d be a useful addition to the Arsenal staff? Should the club officials look at bringing another Arsenal legend back to the club, in the same format that saw Henry’s return to Arsenal come through coaching?

End of the line for Arsenal flop?

Arsenal fans were not exactly over the moon when the club announced the transfer of the young French striker Yaya Sanogo in the summer of 2013, as none of us had heard of him and he was not exactly pulling up trees for Auxerre in the French second division.

But despite his struggles to find the back of the net for Arsenal and a few injury setbacks to his career, Sanogo did have some good games and it was starting to look as though Arsene Wenger may have found a gem. After scoring four goals in a game during pre-season, the Frenchman notched his first competitive Gunners goal to help us beat Borussia Dortmund and qualify from our Champions League group.

With Theo Walcott joining Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud though, chances were linited and so hje went to the Dutch club Ajax on loan. We were hoping that playing in Holland and working with Bergkamp would help, but Sanogo has flopped badly. So much so that he is hardly playing and a Metro report reveals that the Dutch club are looking for a new striker to replace the young Gunner.

If he can´t make it with Ajax, how on earth is he going to break into the Arsenal team? Do you think we will ever see him on the pitch for the Gunners again?

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You have to admire the self confidence of the young France international striker I suppose, as even though he has just been released by Arsenal to go to Holland and play on loan for Ajax, Yaya Sanogo has compared himself to the former Ajax star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

To be fair to Sanogo, he is only just 22-years old and has plenty of time to hone his game and start scoring the goals that would make the comparison a little less unlikely. He has the stature for it as well, being just an inch shorter than the Swedish international but he could do with bulking up a bit and getting a few tattoos while he is at it.

Anyway, as revealed in a Metro report, the young Gunner has been loaned to Ajax where Arsene Wenger is hoping that he can benefit from the football acumen of two former Arsenal stars, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars. Sanogo is certainly backing himself and is using some former Ajax greats to motivate himself.

He said, “My reference [for the move] is Zlatan and Kanu – legends who played for Ajax. The manager from Amsterdam (Frank De Boer) called me last week and said, “I want you to play for us, for Ajax.”

“I am very happy because I didn’t think a big club like Ajax wanted me so I have to work hard to play. I hope to score a lot of goals.”

Arsene Wenger has also shown confidence in the tall young forward, starting him in some big games against the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool and he has performed well without banging in the goals. Add that, and could Sanogo really be like a new Zlatan for Arsenal?

Barcelona could be poised to poach Vermaelen from Arsenal

According to reports that have persisted with Arsenal in the past and now reappeared across several media outlets today, it seems as if the dominating Spanish club of FC Barcelona are still interested in Thomas Vermaelen despite a poor season from the Belgium international.

Perhaps it’s just because he is Arsenal’s captain and so Barcelona feel it’s necessary to table a bid for the player, like they have done several times in the past, but I honestly find it quite strange to why their interest remains, that is if the reports are deemed to be true in the first place. Vermaelen endured what was his worst season at the club since his arrival in 2009 from Dutch club Ajax.

When he first arrived he was seen as the defender that could tighten our defence and turn us into a solid side that could then hopefully as a result challenge for silverware, and we weren’t exactly wrong. Vermaelen was commanding and powerful in defence whilst we also saw him as a pure attacking threat, in fact the team came very close to reclaiming some silverware that season, but like many times before we seemed to fall in the final stages.

A few years on and Vermaelen was made Captain of the club, much to the fans delight, however come to the end of the season and it’s a very different viewpoint and story. Although still liked by the fans and we recognise his quality, his performances were atrocious at times, with the player in fact being left on the bench for a lot of the second half of the season.

As stated we know he still has some quality and I don’t think Wenger or the club should be looking to sell him, not just because he’s the captain and we don’t want to be seen as a club that sells their ‘star’ player or captain in most circumstances but also because I know his form will return. They always say form is temporary but class is permanent, so I think we call all say unless an extortionate offer comes in from not just Barcelona but from any club in general, I cannot see Vermaelen leading this club just yet.

De Boer: Vertonghen has seen the light!

It has now become clear that Ajax’s defensive star Jan Vertonghen will leave the Eredivisie in the summer, after he has consistently expressed his interest in joining the Premier League.

Ajax’s manager Frank De Boer admits that it will be hard to lose Vertonghen who is now one of the most wanted players on Wenger’s shortlist. According to the Dutchman it will be very hard to replace the Belgian international, but it’s the right move for him.

“Jan has seen the light,” said De Boer. “Not only on the pitch, but away from it.

“I have been very critical of him and, at some point, he must have become fond of me.

“His development is wonderful to see. If he leaves, I think it is right.

“Earlier, I thought it would have been unwise.

“It will not be easy to replace him.”

Vertonghen’s move to Arsenal has been anticipated by the English press and the Gunners fans all season long, but the media also speaks about a possible move across town to arch rivals Spurs. The Belgian’s future will be much different at Arsenal than Tottenham, mainly because Wenger will surely make use of his ability to play on many different positions across the defensive side of the pitch.

Where do you think he’ll go?

Brilliant Belgian Star Desperate To Join Arsenal!

The Arsenal transfer target Jan Vertonghen has spoken yet again about his interest in joining the Gunners in the summer if the Premiership side will be able to agree on terms with the club he currently plays for, Ajax.

According to the defensive star he already went to visit Arsenal’s stadium in the second Champions League leg against AC Milan, but he didn’t sign with the Gunners yet and Wenger didn’t speak of any potential deal with Ajax.

“I have instructed my agent carefully. He knows which clubs I want to join, and Arsenal are one of them,” he said.

“Arsenal are a magnificent club and I hear a lot of good things about English football,” he added. “If a club of Arsenal’s calibre can reach agreement with Ajax, then I will gladly go over.

“I haven’t signed anything with them yet. But I went to watch them against Milan, together with my Ajax team-mate Siem de Jong, after Vermaelen invited us.”

Vertonghen will probably have to adapt to playing on different positions if he’ll join Arsenal. He usually acts as a central defender at Ajax, but he’s a defensive midfielder when playing for Belgium and the Gunners will probably need him as a midfielder as well judging on the quite large number of talented central defenders the club already has.
Do you think transferring him is a good idea for Wenger?

Bayern Munich Looking To Highjack Arsenal’s Top Deal

With the transfer window now fast approaching the end, rumours have it that German giants Bayern Munich have now set eyes on one of Arsenal’s most precious targets and are going to battle the English club for his signature.

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger admitted interest in Ajax’s player Jan Vertonghen a long time ago and everybody was expecting the Gunners to be the first to feed on the opportunity to transfer the 23-year-old Belgian.

Vertonghen is a very prized possession being able to play as a defensive midfielder, position he covers for the Belgian national squad, as a central defender, role he plays for Ajax, and as a left-back in case he’s needed, all positions on which Wenger wouldn’t mind improving on.

With Frimpong now gone on loan to Wolverhampton and with Coquelin as the single replacement for first teamer Alex Song, the transfer of Vertonghen seems like the wise thing to do for the French manager who will have to attempt to get Arsenal back in form.

The bad part about Vertonghen is that he already made his appearance in the Champions League for Ajax so will be unavailable, but the good thing is that Wenger will be able to keep Song fresh for the very important fixtures against Milan.