Dennis 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 Advertisement
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