Bergkamp Discusses Ozil and Arsenal Return
Dennis Bergkamp says he still has a lot of love for Arsenal and would like to be a part of the North London club’s coaching staff once his work at Ajax is done. (Telegraph)
The Gunners legend, who spent 11 extremely successful and trophy-laden years under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, told Telegraph: “The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal. At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage.
“I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager. I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers. I’ve spoken to or have heard about others [former Arsenal colleagues] who would also love to come back.
“Steve Bould is there now which is excellent. I’ve spoken to Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry would love to come back to Arsenal one day. Tony [Adams] is a big option as well.”
Arsenal’s new genius Mesut Ozil has been likened in style and impact to Bergkamp, and while the Dutchman is not too fond of making comparisons, he did say: “…We’re all unique. But I do understand the similarities people see and I believe he can be very important to the team. It is still early days. He is a tremendous player with a lot of effective skills like controlling the ball, making creative passes and assists, taking the right position in the field every time. And he’s extremely experienced.
“Putting all that together I think you’ve got a player who can be the missing link in the Arsenal team, a player who will make a striker score goals, who will link up in Arsenal’s position-game and who will score goals as well.”
He further added: “With all the respect to the other Arsenal players, I think he is the one who can make a difference. The other players are good in midfield. But you need someone of a high-level you can be good in all areas of the pitch.”
Arsenal to Rival Everton in Indi Chase
Arsenal FC are keen to hijack Everton’s proposed £8million transfer for Feyenoord centre-half Bruno Martins Indi, according to a report published by the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old Dutch international has been on the Toffees’ radar for quite some time. They unsuccessfully tried to sign him in the summer transfer window and are expected to return with an improved offer in January. However, they would now have to contend with the Gunners for his signature as the player is attracting admiring glances from North London too.
“He is very good and strong,” said Feyenoord assistant coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst. “It is not for nothing he’s a first-choice here and with the Dutch national team. He will make the move to a foreign club in the long term.
“When the time comes and he wants to leave, he will leave the club. We are very happy with him, but we know we cannot compete with the top European clubs.”
Cabaye Says Kinnear Responsible for Failed Arsenal Move
Yohan Cabaye says the only person who can reveal the exact reason why he wasn’t allowed to leave for Arsenal FC in the summer is Newcastle United director of football, Joe Kinnear.
The Gunners lodged a bid of £10million for the France international in September but weren’t successful. They refused to up their offer as per the Magpies’ demands and eventually gave up on the transfer.
Inferring that Kinnear was the reason behind him still being an NUFC player, Cabaye said: “Was my failed transfer to Arsenal difficult to swallow? At first, yes. But you have to quickly get focused again, because if you on thinking about it you have a grudge against a lot of people and that is useless. The only person who can explain what happened is Joe Kinnear. If he is honest, he will tell it. Otherwise it will not get out of my mouth.”
The 27-year-old midfielder’s desire to move to Arsenal wasn’t well-received by the Newcastle fans, who booed him heavily the next time he played for the club. Cabaye says if they had known the real truth, they wouldn’t have done what they did.
“The fans’ state of mind was due to what the club wanted to let them know,” he added. “As I didn’t talk and I won’t give any explanation about what happened, they chose their side. That is part of a career, but I bear no grudge against no-one. I accept it, it is in the past.”
Wigan Want to Borrow Chu-Young
Arsenal flop Park Chu-Young is a loan transfer target for Championship outfit Wigan Athletic. (Daily Mail)
The 28-year-old striker has only played one league game for the Gunners since joining them from AS Monaco two years ago. Despite there being a dearth of forwards at the North London club, he is unlikely to be given any minutes with the first team, which is why he is keen to leave for the Latics on a temporary basis.
Monthly Accolades for Wenger and Ramsey
Arsenal FC have swept for both the Barclays Premier League individual awards for the month of September, with Arsene Wenger winning the manager of the month accolade and Aaron Ramsey taking home the trophy for the best player.
The Gunners have been deservedly rewarded for their performances last month when they won four of their league games. Ramsey, whose four goals were pivotal for the club in those matches, wins the award for the first time in his career. Wenger, however, now has 13 such trophies in his cabinet.
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