It’s good afternoon from a very sunny, very hot day in Brisbane. It’s the sort of weather that someone like Arseblogger over in Ireland would kill for even though I would desperately prefer some rain. The grass is always greener and all that.
I’m going to begin today with Dennis Bergkamp. Those who have not read the ‘About’ section of this blog (I don’t really blame though, mind) are unlikely to know how much I love Dennis Bergkamp. Indeed, Mr Bergkamp is the very reason why I started watching football and supporting Arsenal. There was something about that classy blonde fellow in his vivid orange Dutch shirt that drew me to the game during the World Cup in France and I pretty much went bonkers about the game from that point onwards.
As such, I’m delighted to hear comments from the great man indicating his desire to work with the Arsenal Football Club once again. Speaking with Bob Wilson from Arsenal TV the Dutchman said:
“I wouldn’t rule out [working with Arsenal]. I really love this club and the country and I love working here.”
I know he made similar comments a couple of months back but it’s lovely to hear his point of view on the matter hasn’t changed. There are some players who make it as coaches and some that simply aren’t cut out, but in my opinion Bergkamp is more than suited to succeed as a manager. It wasn’t just his skill and technique on the ball that made him a great player, but the leadership and cool-headed nature he displayed throughout his career.
I think he’d make a great manager and if he gets some experience under his belt I wouldn’t be against the idea of him one day succeeding Arsene Wenger. Bring him in, I say, before another club gets hold of him.
Bergkamp also goes on to make a number of comments about the positive influence of foreigners on the game in England (he would say that, wouldn’t he?) which you can see on Arsenal TV tonight (7.15pm UK Time). It’s probably worth watching but seeing as though it equates to me getting up at 5.15am in Brisbane I think I’ll give it a miss.
Moving on now and another Dutchman at Arsenal, Robin van Persie, has been speaking about the need for fans to be patient in the club’s bid for silverware. Van Persie admitted he ‘feels for the fans’ before pointing out the importance of long-term strategy in club football and the need to stay true to the principles set out by the manager to achieve success. He said:
“Things take time, and you often see clubs sacking managers for fun, and they don’t get anywhere. You need a long-term strategy. At Arsenal, the players have time to grow into the system, and if we stick to our principles we will get silverware.”
I, like van Persie, understand the frustration of being a fan and not enjoying tangible success. Perhaps I even understand it more than him. But, as he suggests, I think we as fans need to put things into perspective. In an era and a league where clubs sack their managers at the first sign of a loss in form we’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have a manager as accomplished as Wenger and a board as supportive as ours.
There was a lovely article posted on Untold Arsenal about the calls that rang out to sack Wenger back in February 2001. As it illustrates, we lost the league by 16 points to a rampant Manchester United before bouncing back to do the double in 2002 and 2004. The point? If the team sticks to their principles and we support the team then as van Persie says, we will get silverware.
To finish off today there’s a little bit of transfer speculation.
First up is the daily dose of Andrei Arshavin dribblings. There was a few whispers that Arshavin might have signed yesterday but the word from his agent Dennis Lachter is that a decision may be made next week. With Inter Milan now joining the race to sign him it’s becoming more important than ever that Wenger and the management get themselves sorted.
And second up are some speculation about Lazio defender Modibo Diakite. Reports are that we’ve been tracking the no-name defender (which wouldn’t suprise me) but his agent has been firm in denying he wants to change clubs. I can’t say I know much about him so I can’t really comment. Can anyone help out? I’m looking your way Demetrio…
And that is about it for the day. Just a reminder that if you’re a fan of this blog and want to subscribe for free for daily updates you can do so by clicking here. Apart from that, have a good one and I’ll speak to you tomorrow.
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