This is a guest post for ArseSpeak by sportswriter Thomas Rooney
During Dennis Bergkamp’s 11 years as an Arsenal player, he played 423 games and scored 120 goals. He is one of the greatest ever players to play for the club and is without doubt an Arsenal football club legend. However, it seems that he might not yet be done with English football.
Bergkamp has revealed that he would love to return to the country in a coaching role to reignite his love affair with the Arsenal fans. The 39-year-old said that he ‘always enjoyed it’ in England and that he would ‘love to be involved’ in the coaching set up at the Emirates. Admittedly this may not happen anytime soon, but he said that he had ambitions for ‘the future’.
The former Dutch striker is currently doing his coaching badges with Ajax and seems to harbour ambitions to be a manager one day. This is in stark contrast to the comments he made upon retiring from the game, when he said that he had ‘no desire’ to take up coaching.
Presumably, after a couple of years away from the game, he has decided that he misses being involved too much and has taken it upon himself to start a coaching career. If Bergkamp’s latest comments are to be believed, this path could eventually lead to the club where he will always be remembered fondly. I personally can’t see this happening while Arsene Wenger is at the club, but when the Frenchman leaves – there could be a role to suit Mr. Bergkamp.
The Dutchman wasn’t just talking about his coaching ambitions though. Speaking about the current Arsenal team, he said they are a ‘joy to watch’ and many people in Holland believe them to be the ‘best team they have ever seen’. Like many of us, Bergkamp hopes that this attractive football will finally be rewarded with trophies this season.
As for this current Arsenal team, well they travel to West Ham tomorrow searching for their third away win of the season. After a good start under Gianfranco Zola, the Hammers have lost their last two games and have slipped to eighth in the table. However, their home form has been excellent and they will be very motivated as they prepare to host Arsenal.
In terms of Arsenal’s preparations, a performance like the one against Fenerbahce will result in three points. No doubts about that, Arsenal were excellent. More of the same please lads!
In terms of the key battles at Upton Park, Cesc Fabregas will need to make sure he gets more of the ball than the hard-working Scott Parker and Emmanuel Eboue will need to defend well to keep in-form winger Matthew Etherington quiet. Other than that, Arsenal should just focus on their own game and let their passing football do the talking. Overall, I’m expecting a 2-0 victory.