Bergkamp identifies Gunners weakness

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Dennis Bergkamp believes that Robin Van Persie needs more support upfront, and says the lack of an out-and-out goalscorer is Arsenal's main weakness this season.

The 42-year-old Dutchman enjoyed a glittering 11-year career in north London, and whilst his 2006 departure has coincided with the club's decline in fortunes, he has backed Arsene Wenger to guide the Gunners out of trouble.

With three Premier League titles and four FA Cups to his name, Bergkamp's achievements seem a long way from the current crop of Arsenal players' current predicament - with the club sitting 15th in the table after the club's worst start to a domestic campaign since Wenger took over.

Bergkamp has returned to his native Holland where he is taken up a coaching role with another of his former club's Ajax, but admits he still keeps a close eye on goings on at the Emirates Stadium.

"When I look at Robin van Persie, he is the front player, but he is better in my old role," he told the Daily Mail. "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 behind Van Persie.

"I know he's [Wenger] the one who will be struggling the most [in the current situation]. But with his experience, it'll be okay."

Bergkamp also said that the club should have done more to tempt another of his former teammates, Patrick Vieira, back to the club in a coaching capacity, such was his influence during his time at Arsenal.

After the Frenchman retired from playing in the summer, speculation suggested he could once again link up with Wenger, but instead took up a football executive role with Manchester City.

"There was talk of Patrick going to Arsenal during the summer," Bergkamp added. "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."

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