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Bergkamp To Be Wenger’s Successor?
Regardless of whether it’s this summer or a little further down the line, everybody associated to this great football club knows that Arsene Wenger’s time at the helm is approaching its final years. Some fans will be thrilled by this news whilst others wish the gaffer could stay forever; either way, the senior officials have a serious dilemma on their hands as they search for the first new manager in two decades. After all, the last thing anyone wants is to see Arsenal fade away a la the post-Ferguson Manchester United.
As the period of transition away from Wenger’s world edges closes, it seems apparent that one of his prodigal sons could be the man to inherit the Emirates Stadium throne.The Messiah could be coming home!
The name Dennis Bergkamp has often been touted as a potential future replacement, but those whispers have gained momentum over the past few months as the list of suitable candidates shortens. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp already have their Premier League clubs sorted while, Bergkamp’s former captain, Patrick Vieira has only recently started his next project at New York City FC. Quite frankly, if Wenger does leave in the next couple of years, the 46-year-old will almost certainly be shortlisted by default.
Bergkamp has carved out a solid reputation for himself during a five-year stint as Frank de Boer’s understudy at Ajax. The former Gunner is now the bookmakers favourite to take over from Wenger while Dutch betting experts onlinewedden.com believe that a move to Arsenal is his next logical step: “Bergkamp has made no secret about his desire to return to north London one day. After half-a-decade of honing his coaching skills, it could soon be time for the non-flying Dutchman to fly the Eredivisie in pursuit of the Premier League; Arsenal would clearly be his preferred destination.”
Whatever happens, the senior officials will want to appoint a young manager. If nothing else, this club has shown a clear favouritism to longevity. Starting a merry go round of managerial arrivals and departures would go against everything Arsenal Football Club stands for. Bergkamp’s talent, along with his understanding of the club and legendary status amongst the supporters, would make him a winning selection.
Wenger’s time at the club has been focused on winning and playing beautiful football. During his illustrious playing career, Bergkamp epitomised those qualities better than anyone. If he can match those abilities from the dugout, he might just be the perfect candidate to steer the club forward when the current manager finally calls it a day.
Filling Wenger’s touchline jacket won’t be easy for anyone, but the genius that is Dennis Bergkamp might just be ready to become our messiah once more. He’d certainly be a popular choice with the fans.
In fact, it would have us walking along, singing a song, walking in a Bergkamp wonderland!