Emirates legend identifies club’s problems.
Arsenal legend has slammed manager Arsene Wenger’s tactics, saying striker Robin van Persie is being wasted and the midfielders are too predictable.
The 42-year-old may have left the Emirates in 2006 after 11 years in north London but still keeps a close eye on his former club.
The Dutchman has been impressed with former team-mate Van Persie’s form of late but feels the team needs a more predatory striker and RVP should be used in a deeper role.
Bergkamp also slammed the new breed of midfielders coming through the club, following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer.
“When I look at Robin van Persie, he is the front player, but he is better in my old position,” Bergkamp told the Daily Mail.
“They are missing an out-and-out goalscorer. Now they play with an extra midfielder instead (of two strikers, as was the case in Bergkamp’s day).
“The midfielders are all the same sort of players. You need one who wants to get in behind Van Persie.”
But Bergkamp is still confident that Wenger is the man to turn around the fortunes of the club but cites the lack of leadership as an issue.
He also is unhappy the club failed to recruit Patrick Vieira, who is now working in a youth development role at Manchester City, where he ended his playing career.
“I know (Wenger) is the one who will be struggling the most,” Bergkamp added. “But with his experience, it’ll be OK.
“There was talk of Patrick going to Arsenal over the summer. I would have 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.”