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5 Arsenal legends that could potentially replace Arsene Wenger - are they worthy candidates?

Mark Pitman
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Modified 02 Mar 2018, 19:45 IST
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#5 Dennis Bergkamp

Ajax Amsterdam v PSV Eindhoven - Eredivisie
Dennis Bergkamp recently returned to Ajax to develop his coaching career

A creative genius, Dennis Bergkamp was the inspiration behind a new era of success for Arsenal under Wenger, even though he actually joined the club prior to the Frenchman's arrival. Until recently, Bergkamp was back where it all began for him as the assistant manager at Ajax Amsterdam, and his coaching career is now ready to move on to the next level.

Considered as one of the all-time greats at Arsenal, Bergkamp at his best was simply unplayable. The catalyst to some of the best football every witnessed at Highbury, the Dutchman was an untouchable force in the Arsenal attack.

Wenger helped bring the very best out of him, and his status at the club will always be held in high-esteem for all that he produced and achieved with the Gunners.

But as a character, Bergkamp could struggle to take over the club at such a testing time. It is not in his nature to take control of difficult situations in the same way as Vieira, and while he has plenty to offer as a coach, questions remain over his ability to actually manage.

In the modern game, the role of coach is very different to that of manager, and Bergkamp appears a figure destined to continue as the former. His status at the club will not change for all that he achieved as a player, but he does not suit this job, at least not at this time.

His reputation would not be affected if he failed, the damage at the club has already been done. A smaller club with lower expectations would suit Bergkamp for his first management position, and that is the exact opposite to Arsenal at this time.

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Published 02 Mar 2018, 19:45 IST
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