FanCast columnist Jay Bowen feels it is time that Arsene Wenger
brought Bergkamp back to the club and groom him as his eventual successor.
I'm not sure where Dennis Bergkamp ranks
among the Arsenal greats of all time, but for me he is top of the list. Rioch's
greatest legacy, the Dutchman was simply a sensation
at Arsenal and came in at a time where a lot of fans were at their lowest ebb
in the post Graham days and the ‘Iceman'
certainly lit up the football club, producing an array of skills that were
breathtaking at times. He was the catalyst at Arsenal and his £7.5m arrival signified
a change in style and played the key role in Arsene Wenger's transformation of
the football club and the subsequent success that was to soon follow.
They say in life you miss things
when they are gone and, in my opinion, Wenger's failure to find a suitable
replacement has been a significant reason as to why we have failed to pick up
silverware in the past few years. Unlike a lot of Arsenal fans I don't buy into
the whole argument that we lack experience as the reasons for our failings, but
more down to a lack of cutting edge in the final third. How many times last
season, and the start of this one for that matter, have we thrown away points
because we can't unlock the most stubborn and resolute defences? It has been a
grave oversight from Wenger and I cannot understand why he hasn't chosen to
I am certain that I wasn't the
only Arsenal fan who was buoyed to hear that Bergkamp is looking to get back
into the game. Dennis is currently studying for his Pro Licenses at the Ajax
academy in attempt to break into the management and I personally cannot think
of a player who would be best suited within the role. They say great players
don't necessarily become great managers but I honestly believe that Dennis has
all the raw ingredients to be a success and would love to think that Wenger
will look to bring him to the club in a coaching capacity and possibly groom
him as his long term successor at the club – it would certainly be fitting
passing of the baton.