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

Mr. Jeffrey Dean “Jeff” Minch

first_imgMr. Jeffrey Dean “Jeff” Minch, age 46, of Moorefield, Indiana, entered this life on December 30, 1969, in Greenfield, Indiana, the loving son of, Bobby Dean Minch, whom preceded him in death and Lynda (Dawson) Minch McKenzie. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where he was a 1988 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. On November 14, 1989 Jeff was blessed with a daughter, Ashley Nicole. Jeff was inducted into the United States Navy in 1992 and was honorably discharged in 1994. Jeff was united in marriage on April 20, 1997, in Lamb, Indiana, to Tina Switzer and to this union arrived two daughters, Cheyenne and Shawnee to bless their home. Jeff and Tina shared 19 years of marriage together until his death. Jeff was currently employed as a diesel mechanic for Chandler Chevrolet in Madison, Indiana, for several years. He was a former diesel mechanic for Republic Diesel in Louisville, Kentucky and was a former employee for Legner in Trimble County, Kentucky, Artisan in Carroll County, Kentucky, Heckett Multiserv in Carroll County, Kentucky and for Ohio Valley Asphalt in Carroll County, Kentucky. Jeff resided all of his life in the Switzerland County community. He was a member of The Wagon Train Association. Jeff was affectionately known as “Ten Bears” and was nicknamed that by the McKenzie family. Jeff enjoyed deer hunting, riding horses, crafting, but most of all, socializing with his friends and spending time with his family. Jeff will be dearly missed by his loving family and numerous friends. Jeff passed away at 4:52 pm, Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Jeff will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 19 years: Tina (Switzer) Minch of Moorefield, IN; his loving daughters: Ashley Nicole Harding and her husband: Ken of Covington, KY, Cheyenne Minch of Moorefield, IN and Shawnee Minch of Moorefield, IN; his adoring grandchildren: Abri and Wesson Harding of Covington, KY; his loving mother and step-father: Lynda (Dawson) and Hardly McKenzie of Vevay, IN; his sister: Shannan L. Abrams and her husband: Joe of Hanover, IN and his several uncles, aunts, cousins and numerous friends.He was preceded in death by his father: Bobby Dean Minch, died August 8, 1993; his paternal grandparents: Charles H. “C.H” and Frances (Wright) Minch; his maternal grandparents: Clyde and Zelpha (Reeves) Dawson and his cousin: William Joseph “Joey” Minch, died July 31, 2016.A Memorial Gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043. Full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 at the funeral home.A Celebration of Jeff’s Life will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the home of Jeff and Tina Minch. All family and friends are invited to have a last drink in Jeff’s honor.Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for the girls. Checks payable to Tina Minch. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more