Dennis Bergkamp says he’s confident that Arsenal can progress to the 4th round of the FA Cup, and that Arsenal’s future looks bright with the emergence of a talented group of British players.
Speaking to FA TV, the Dutch legend spoke about the likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey, all of whom have signed new deals (without any fuss) in recent weeks.
“Well, it’s fantastic,” said Bergkamp. “It’s fantastic for Arsenal and for English football as well, that you can keep those players in your country and playing for the first team.
“I think that was the complaint all the time, when I played there anyway, there were too many foreigners and that it kept back the young players from coming through the system and into the first team.
“But this is a different thing, you’ve got an English club with a lot of young English talents committing themselves to the club. It’s just a matter of getting it all in the right place and you’ve got a fantastic future there.”
And on tomorrow night’s crucial FA Cup third round replay with Swansea, Dennis reckons if the Gunners can overcome the weight of expectation, they should go through.
“Looking back and playing a difficult away game, you get a result, then you can take them back.
“The problem now of course is that we’ve got them at home and we’ve got to beat them, but if you get through that thought there’s a big chance they can go further.”