Dennis Bergkamp believes that Arsenal should have done everything in their power to lure Patrick Vieira back to the club in a coaching capacity.
Having spent nine years in the Premier League, Vieira returned to England in 2010 after six years in Italy, but rather than join the Gunners played his final eighteen months of competitive action for Manchester City.
Calling time on his playing career last summer it had been widely speculated that the Frenchman would Arsene Wenger’s coaching set-up at London Colney with a view to being groomed as a future coach. Nevertheless, despite his ties with Arsenal, Vieira again opted to sign a deal with City becoming the Etihad outfits’ Football Development Executive.
Reflecting on the influence of his former teammate, Bergkamp, who is now training youngsters at his former club Ajax, told Martin Keown that he would have made a special effort to involve Vieira at the Emirates.
“There was talk of Patrick going to Arsenal during the summer” the Dutchman is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. “I would’ve done everything possible to get him there. Just to get him in and around the dressing room. It would have brought so much to the team.”
Stressing that he still believes that Arsene Wenger is the right man to turn it around at the Emirates, “I know he’s the one who will be struggling the most. But with his experience, it’ll be OK,” the Iceman also hinted that his compatriot Robin van Persie could be better deployed as a secondary striker if the club bought him a more traditional partner and a dynamic midfielder.
“When I look at Robin van Persie, he is the front player, but he is better in my old role. They are missing an out-and-out goalscorer. Now they play with an extra midfielder instead.
“The midfielders are all the same sort of players. You need one who wants to get in behind Van Persie.”
Arseblog News is aware of the reports linking Robin van Persie with some Russian woman called Angie Kalashnikov, but we’re ignoring them.