De Boer & Bergkamp would change Arsenal’s culture of under-achievement

From David Bird : De Boer/Bergkamp/Overmars

Read the headline and thought you meant to replace Mertesacker, Welbeck and Walcott!

And it would still be a good idea.

From Mark Lowman : Wenger leaving

Please God let somebody take us out of this Ground Hog day.

I would happily take a bumpy adventure of falling outside the top 4 initially, if I could see change within the way we play and a toughened team mentality.

Still think the smart money is on Wenger seeing out his contract with perhaps a new coach being mentored over the next 2 years.

From Wayne Phillips: De Boer/Bergkamp/Overmars to Arsenal


This article made me excited – in some ways it’s plausible: the Dutch invasion is in full swing with Koemans, van Gaal and now Advokaat all joining the EPL this season.

I also think that Dennis Bergkamp would LOVE to return to the Arsenal. He impresses me as that type of guy – full of heritage, tradition and respect.

And Arsene likes the ‘old boy’ as coach idea – recent comments on Thierry (who is too inexperienced for a first team job), Steve Bould and Pat Rice.

What makes it implausible is why Arsene would want to leave in the summer. As you often say, he is proud and stubborn and I get the feeling that he still believes that he can win the Champions League before he goes, and that he is close with the current squad – a few players short.

Also, if the Dutch arrive en bloc, where does it leave someone like TH14 who seems to have an inside track as Arsene’s choice, in the pecking order? And is this Arsene’s idea or someone else’s – scrap it if the latter?

What is exciting is that we would not have been holding these discussions a year or two ago. Arsenal FC has come a long way in the past two years, perhaps indicative that patience is needed by fans ….

Myles says:

Wenger is far too soft on his players.

Frank de Boer wouldn’t be.

So let’s hope that rumour is true.

Why doesn’t TH14 go and coach Monaco or Lille and prove himself?

It was a dismal day for Arsenal when lazy, cowardly directors handed the entire club over to Wenger.

That was done before Ivan Gazidis arrived.

Having said that, the team’s playing well, riding their luck, and might even finish second.

If that happens, we’ll be told that Second is a Trophy.,

This international break comes at a really, really bad time for Arsenal.

Even if no player gets injured, they could struggle to regain their rhythm.

Arsenal depend more on their much-practiced passing rhythm than their rivals do.