Ian Wright reveals the chat which kick-started Dennis Bergkamp’s Arsenal career

first_imgDennis Bergkamp had to get used to the physicality of the English game (Picture: Getty Images)Dennis Bergkamp struggled with the physicality of the English game when he moved to Arsenal and Ian Wright says he had to tell him to start ‘leaving a bit’ on opposition players.The Dutchman arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 1995 for a then club record transfer fee of £7.5m but had a slow start to life in north London.Wright says this was due to the physical nature of the Premier League at the time and Bergkamp not being used to it after his career in Holland and Italy to that point.After another failure in a cup game against Hartlepool, Wright felt like he had to step in and teach Bergkamp how to deal with the aggression of English defenders.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I remember when he started he went about eight or nine games where it wasn’t going well for him, people were bullying him, he was kicked and went down pretty easily,’ Wright told the BBC. Comment Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 16 Apr 2020 8:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Bergkamp and Wright enjoyed great success at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘We played a game against Hartlepool, it was the game before Southampton (when he scored his first two goals) the press did a massive piece on how poor he was, how he couldn’t score past a second string goalkeeper and I remember a few games before that I said to him: “Dennis, you’re going to have to start leaving a bit and letting people know you’re there.”‘He was 6ft 2in he was wiry he could put himself about, he could look out for himself. I told him you can’t leave yourself so open, you’ve got to leave something and let people know you’re not going to be kicked every single day. ‘Dennis was cute, he was cute the way he’d leave his foot in.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBergkamp would go on to play 11 seasons with the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, scoring 120 goals for the club.Wright says the Dutchman was the catalyst to all the success achieved under Arsene Wenger and believes he is even the greatest signing in the club’s history.‘All the success we had was built upon what Dennis Bergkamp brought to us as a football player. Absolutely magnificent for our club,’ Wright continued.‘The best signing we’ve ever made in respect of the way it changed the DNA of Arsenal football club.’MORE: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a ‘great priority’ for Real Madrid this summerMORE: Ian Wright explains why Dennis Bergkamp is Arsenal’s greatest ever signingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ian Wright reveals the chat which kick-started Dennis Bergkamp’s Arsenal career Advertisementlast_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma Ton Flattens South Africa, Rain Truncates Play In Vizag

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Before the start of the Vizag Test, all eyes were fixed on Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai right-hander, included in place of KL Rahul and designated to open the innings, was making a Test comeback. In the warm-up game at Vizianagaram against the same opponents, he had fallen for a two-ball duck. In the initial overs, Rohit was beaten by the swing of Vernon Philander. However, Rohit showcased discipline, played himself in and got going. Rohit demonstrated his brilliance and gave Virat Kohli and a lot of Indian fans plenty to cheer by smashing his first century as a opener. Along with Mayank Agarwal’s 84 and a 202-run opening stand, India dominated the opening day at the ADA VDCA stadium in Vizag. South Africa were spared the agony in the final session with rain playing spoilsport and that was their only silver lining.The fact that Rohit was given first use of a dry pitch after Kohli chose to bat worked to his advantage. Philander generated some late swing and Rohit was beaten a couple of times. Kagiso Rabada also tried to play on his patience but Rohit overcame all that and applied himself brilliantly. After getting off in style with a crunching boundary off Rabada, Rohit survived a tough period. After negotiating the first hour beautifully, Rohit and Mayank Agarwal ensured that they did not squander the advantage. Rohit broke the shackles in style by hammering left-arm orthodox spinner Keshav Maharaj for his first six. The right-hander neared his fifty with yet another six off Dane Piedt and a boundary off debutant Senuran Muthusamy. However, before lunch, Rohit had a nervous moment as he top-edged a sweep off Muthusamy just over the fielder at fine leg to notch up his fifty. Also Read | Rohit Sharma ‘Opens’ His New Chapter In Indian Test Cricket In Grand StyleAt the other end, Agarwal was looking in solid touch. He tackled the spinners brilliantly and notched up his fifty by hammering Keshav Maharaj over inside out over deep extra cover for a magnificent six. However, with Rohit motoring towards a century, Agarwal dropped anchor and slowly made progress. Rohit neared his century by blasting two consecutive sixes off Dane Piedt and steering a flatter delivery from Maharaj to the third man fence.Also Read | IND vs RSA, Highlights, 1st Test Day 1: Play Called Off Due To Rain After Rohit Sharma TonRohit notched up his landmark by driving Muthusamy to deep cover and the celebrations spoke of the importance of the knock. Rohit became the fourth Indian after KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to score a century in his maiden innings as an opener. Ever since 2016, Rohit has actually had a good run in Tests. In the series against New Zealand, Rohit smashed 82 and 51 in the Kolkata and Nagpur Tests followed by a century against Sri Lanka in Nagpur 2017.Agarwal also notched up his highest individual score and the partnership went past 200 but rain had the final say with the entire final session getting washed out.last_img read more