Hello Gooners, John Collard here, Wengers best loved child.
I have been away on holiday in Paris enjoying the sights and the beauty around me. Until the AC Milan game was on the tv and it made my stomach turn. I had to tell the wife I had gastric flu and not that my pains was from the Arsenal game its self. I think I may have been a single guy had I told the truth.
But moving on I have been reading and seeing small write ups on the return of older players. Steve Bould was a name that was the most regular. What I want to know is who would you bring into this badly beaten side to be by the side of Wenger. It’s not a case of Wenger out, its a case for who should replace Pat Rice and maybe a third party. Robert Pires stated on French tv that they should bring in class for ability and pure strength for the back four. He feels that guts is lacking in this team. And to be fair he may well have a strong point.
For me there is no question in my mind, and there are two names that I would bring to the Arsenal bench. Dennis Bergkamp for one must be re-signed for Arsenal as a mentor for the players. Its not a dream, it’s on the cards and it must be done. Also Martin Keown is another. The dream would be Tony Adams but he is away doing his own thing in management. Martin Keown was also a leader and he is only doing tv at the minute.
Wenger or the board must go for these two guys. Keown and Bergkamp would bring so much more to this Arsenal side. They also will bring talented players from all over. Keown is a no-nonsense guy and he gets it done. One week with that back four and I’m sure there would be a huge improvement of some kind. As for Dennis, he would bring the belief into the players of what they really can achieve at this great club. Bergkamp did the same for Robin Van Persie and I’m sure he would for the new bones at the club.
Gooners who would you bring into the club should Wenger stay and why? Give me your reasons and why they could make an impact. I’ve had a lot of time to think about this and for me Dennis and Martin in my strong opinion are the right men for the job. They have the complete package for the whole pitch from the back to the front. Yes we all know signings and paying the wages is the main course of the menu, but for me we also now have to look at something fresh to help Wenger. Martin Keown for me would be a great leader for the back four. He will scare the living shit out of these players and show them how to attack the man and the ball but in a proper way. Oh and I’m not talking about the vampire moment at Old Trafford with Ruud van Nistelrooy. Dennis, well, I don’t need to say anything about our greatest ever complete footballer at the club (and he was).
Also a question about the training methods always comes to my mind. The players at the club are always getting hamstring pains. We are either the most unlucky team with this or something is wrong on the training side. It has been raised many times by papers, mags, tv ect. Anyway Gooners I always respect your input and would love to see what you can put forward or on the table as it was. For me the menu is starters-Wenger, main meal-Martin Keown and dessert-Dennis Bergkamp. Is this an Arsenal menu that would attract or should this restaurant be closed down? Please give me your view or who would you target.
by John Collard