Dennis Bergkamp reveals how Arsene Wenger caused Arsenal’s decline

Dennis Bergkamp has revealed that Arsenal’s decline after winning the Premier League and reaching the Champions League final in 2006 under Arsene Wenger boils down to the Frenchman’s tactical changes.

Wenger was Arsenal’s manager for more than 20 years and the Frenchman enjoyed several successful campaigns winning the Premier League and other trophies in the first half of his reign.

However, in the latter part of his tenure, the Gunners struggled to compete with the other top teams and the Frenchman was forced to unceremoniously resign in 2018.

Arsenal is still struggling to win anything else apart from the FA Cup and the Emirates Cup and Bergkamp reckons that their struggles under Wenger before he left was because he changed his preferred formation.

The Frenchman enjoyed much success with a 4-4-2 formation, but he later changed that and started using a lone striker, Bergkamp claims that is why they have been struggling.

Martin Keown asked him why Wenger struggled to achieve success in the latter part of his reign, Bergkamp said as reported in the Mail: ‘Arsene started experimenting.

‘Arsenal after 2006, there was too much midfield play. There were no players going into attack, and only one striker who was lonely.’

Tags Arsene Wenger Dennis Bergkamp Martin Keown

6 Comments

  1. John Ibrahim says:

    misleading title……bergkamp did not mention decline or linked to decline

    a number of clubs too do not have many strikers

    1. Phil says:

      We certainly had a few strikers on that period.
      Chamack
      Bendtner
      Sonogo
      Germinho

      ALL signed by Wenger.
      I think DB10 was being quite respectful in his comments by not saying that Wenger went through a period of signing CRAP STRIKERS

  2. Carlisle Africa says:

    I thought the decline was more about getting the right players at minimal cost to make up for the new stadiums debt and we never got the right players corporately just individuals to please the crowd. It lead to team that only worked well together occasionally

  3. Mogunna says:

    Wenger had no money, forced to rely on kids, still managed to keep us in top4.

    1. ken1945 says:

      Mogunna, absolutely correct and even fa cup successes with strikers like:

      Chamack.
      Bendtner
      Sonogo
      Gervinho
      Park Chu-young
      Chuba Akpom
      Emmanuel-Thomas
      Perez

      All signed by Wenger.

      Oh and lest we forget for whatever reason:

      Eduardo
      Henry
      Lacazette
      Giroud
      RVP
      Wiltord
      Reyes
      Nketiah
      Podolski
      Adebayor

      All signed by Wenger –

      Perhaps the latter list is the reason for our top four finishes and fa cup successes, rather than the former list?

  4. Jacko says:

    Being forced to sell your best players year after year probably didn’t help. Wenger did change the tactics too much to tiki taki football which made us predictable. A more balanced style with counter attacking and direct football may have been better. We never really had much height and strength in the team after 2006 either.

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