Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Gongs for Wenger and Ramsey -Bergkamp wants Arsenal return -Sagna to leave?

Morning Gooners.

Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey are celebrating after picking up awards for the Barclays manager and player of the month respectfully for the outstanding performances Arsenal achieved in September, great recognition for both player and manager.

Everything is looking good at the moment. We sit top of the league, top of our group in the Champions League and are through to the fourth round of the League Cup after beating West Brom in a penalty shoot out.

But our next seven fixtures will show how far we can go this season. We face a double header in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund. We have league fixtures against Norwich and Crystal Palace before our League Cup game with Chelsea and then Liverpool at home in the league before a trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United. Then another international break.

If we can come through that set of fixtures unbeaten, then I think there is a genuine case for our credential to be stated this season. There are seven tough fixtures, four in the league and three in the cup competitions. We've got players coming back from injury in Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla who can make a huge impact and allow those who've played every game chance to rest their legs.

Not that any player is feeling that jaded at the moment. When you're on a winning run, with the confidence high, you can just keep on playing every three or four days. We'll see what happens when they suffer a disappointment. That's when the true character of this side will be on show.

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has revealed - not for the first time - he wants to return to the club in a coaching capacity at some point in his career.

Bergkamp told the Daily Telegraph:

"The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal.
"At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage.
"I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager.
"I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers."

There has been talk of Bergkamp replacing Liam Brady as head of the Arsenal academy when the Irishman retires at the end of the season. I don't believe that is a job which Bergkamp wants. He'd rather be out on the training pitch.

I'd love to see Bergkamp return to Arsenal. I don't feel we've got enough former players on our coaching staff. What better way to inspire players, especially youngsters, than have them coached by players who have won titles and cups. They've got the know-how of how to do it and it's that kind of information is invaluable.

And finally, the Daily Mail report that Bacary Sagna is set to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires. There was a belief at the training ground that the Frenchman would be sold last summer, but Arsene Wenger decided to keep the 30-year-old defender on the books.

Personally I'd love Sagna to sign a new deal with the club. He's been a consistently good performer for us and his commitment to the club is beyond question. He's also still the best right back at the club. I still believe that he has got what it takes to compete at the highest level. Hopefully an agreement can be reached over a contract extension which would suit both parties.

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