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

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham will concentrate on own performance

first_img Spurs are on track to finish in the top four for the first time since 2012 but their thunder could be stolen if their bitter north London rivals win the league. Pochettino, however, is not bothered if the Gunners are crowned champions and quoted Britney Spears’ single with Will.I.Am – ‘Scream and Shout’ – to demonstrate the point. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants his players to heed the words of Britney Spears and ignore Arsenal’s title challenge this season. “I think it’s like what Britney Spears and Will.I.Am sing: ‘everybody in the club, all eyes on us, all eyes on us’,” Pochettino said. “Because it’s not important what Arsenal do. For me it’s important to assess our season and how we can compare with us not how we compare with another team. “If you finish in the top four it’s a success because it means we will have improved on last season. “Expectation can develop depending on how the season goes. But I was confident and I still am confident with the squad that we have.” Tottenham can climb to third on Saturday if they beat Norwich and Manchester City lose at home to Sunderland. The Boxing Day match at White Hart Lane kicks off the busy Christmas period, which sees Spurs visit in-form Watford 48 hours later, but Pochettino suggested he will not rotate his key players. “Today it is not a decision to rest them because they are fresh,” Pochettino said. “Last season we played December 26, 28 and January 1 and we didn’t change too much. “It’s all about how we assess players after games, if we detect players need to rest maybe we change.” Danny Rose is available again after missing last weekend’s win over Southampton through illness while Ryan Mason has also recovered from an ankle injury. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more