Farytale Finish For Bergkamp To Highbury Showdown

By M. B. Zaidi

It’s the 72nd minute…Bergkamp comes on to a warm welcome from the Highbury fans as they are winning 1-0 at home to West Brom…a team fighting for survival in the Premiership. Henry’s already off, Van Persie is off, and Arsenal’s goalscored on the day, Hleb, has just been replaced by Pires. ALL OF A SUDDEN a long punted ball upfield is half cleared by the Arsenal backline, who only get it as far as Nigel Quashie. He takes one stride and releases a left foot shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Lehmann has no chance!

Panic…Panic…Panic….The fans were just thinking “SAME OLD STORY!”….one remark I heard straight away was: “we don’t deserve to be in the champions league at this rate, 2 points in 3 games!”…Im not going to lie, I was just like the rest, after all who did we think could score another goal to get us all three points!? Well Reyes hasn’t looked confident in front of goal all season, Adebayour had those howlers in the last game….and lets not rely on a set piece because we know that Arsenal never score from those now!

Best bet would be Pires, as he has this knack for scoring crucial goals…he hasn’t had the best of seasons but still he manages to score 10 goals this season where he hasn’t been a regular!? Ljungberg hasn’t scored one all season!….AND now we come to Bergkamp…we know that he is a masterclass and one of the best players to ever put on an Arsenal jersey, but at his age you don’t want to rely on him because you have to be fair to the man! In the week that his testimonial was announced to be the first fixture at our newly built state of the art “Emirates Stadium”, and it being a special day for him…could it be Bergkamp that comes up with the goods to grab the three points!?….

As soon as he came on West Brom equalised, but 3mins later a fantastic direct ball from Flamini in his left back position released Adebayour as he fought to get behind the last man and get to the ball. He held up the ball and squared it to the oncoming Bobby Pires. His shot was deflected by the keeper and none other than my favourite player of all time stepped in to pick up the ball and set Pires up again for an Arsenal second goal! Fantastic! Cant get better than this for Bergkamp, coming on for a couple of mins and setting up the crucial goal to win the match!…….

OR COULD IT!?….

On 89, Bergkamp collected a pass just outside the area and sent an absolute CORKER of a curled finish into the corner to make it 3-1 on his special day! Don’t you just love it when stuff like that happens! A gracious finish for a class player of absolute top quality. Trying to get tickets to the testimonial just to pay respect to this Arsenal legend….

Enjoy your day Dennis, you deserve it!

  • SpursRscum

    Bergkamps day! What a finish!

  • singooner

    All too often Bergkamp comes in for a token 15-20 minutes, runs around without making much of an impact. BUT TODAY WAS SPECIAL! An assist and a classy goal – the classic Bergkamp of old!!!

    We can’t turn back the clock but the sheer pleasure DB10 has brought to Gooners over the last 10 years cannot be overemphasised. What true class. The man is an ARSENAL LEGEND.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Thanks for your comment, I couldnt say it better! How did you find our site….?

  • Anonymous

    Also very reassuring to see Pires performing again – we’re going to need him to be at best on Wed. What’s the situation with Walcott – anyone know? I’d imagined he would have made his debut at one of the home games by now, but as far as I can see, he has scarcely even played in the reserves, and certainly not for a while. Is he being kept hidden, a Secret Weapon to exterminate Villarreal? Doesn’t seem very likely, to be honest, especially if Wenger is worried about subjecting him to too much pressure, but it’s a very nice dream. I’m worried about Villarreal. We’re going to need a convincing win in the first leg as away, following the Spurs game, will be very hard.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Well as far as I know about Walcott, he will BE IN THE SQUAD for Wednesdays match, and AW has said he will definaltey get a run out before the end of the season…so PERHAPS you never know against Villarreal on Wednesday…

    BUT IS VERY UNLIKELY! He has been on the bench numerous times, and I thought AW would probably put him on in the 89th minute or something just for the experience of coming on, like he did to Hoyte a few years back. Then slowly bring him in, but no worries, we know we got a golden boy thats for sure!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Alliadiere used to come on in the 89th minute as well, but that was in the group stages and when we had a comfortable lead. With these 1-0 and 0-0 nailbiting games Wenger may not want to risk disturbing their concentration by bringing on someone who has never even played in the team. Even the van Persie substitution against Juve scared me a bit – would he break up our rhythm, get in somebody’s way and make us concede? (Thank God Cygan is still injured.) From what Wenger said a few games ago about not hesitating to use Walcott if we needed him, I’d guess he’ll come on only if we are goal or two down and have nothing to lose. Much as I’d like to see him – what a debut it’d be if he first played in the final! – let’s hope the need doesn’t ever arrive.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    LOL thanks for your comment…definately right about Cygan, I always used to get scared when he came on for 1min! It makes sense to add another defensive, or defence minded player…BUT NOT ONE THAT IS PRONE TO MAKE MISTAKES…but to be fair, before he had got injured…he was playing VERY well….this is when Toure was away aswel….and Kerrea Gilbert was playing right back as Eboue was at the African Nations cup….Gilbert was doing very well too but he got injured too! What is going on!? What are they eatin!? What training are they doing that they are all getting injured!

  • Anonymous

    The injuries to defenders feels like a curse. Two left backs, two right backs – even a pessimist like me couldn’t have predicted that disaster as Lauren and Ash had seemed indestructible up until then. I think the foot injuries are mainly due to the ultra-light boots they’re now wearing which don’t give so much protection. Newcastle suffered badly from the same problem earlier in the season, and there’s Heinze as well. Fingers crossed Cesc’s foot will be better by Wednesday. Luckily for us their most reliable central defender picked up a baddish ankle injury against Barca on Friday. They may try and play him but according to the radio it’s ligaments thing which makes it difficult to turn at high speed. Go for it, Thierry, Eboue, Hleb . . . If we can take advantage of our pace to get a secure win at home – 3-nil ought to do it – then we don’t have to worry so much about the next leg. I reckon it’s that second leg that’s the danger. Will we be playing in wheelchairs after the mauling by Spurs?

  • ArsenalReview.com

    3-0 would be terrific! But it would be a tough task to be honest as they are a very strong side especially in defence. They press all over the pitch and make it hard for teams to play…and just let Riquelme and Forlan etc, roam freely to create chance for those around them. Forlan is great in Spain, but in the premiership he was hopeless as a striker, couldnt keep up with the pace in my view. BUT he is a player with confidence and he has improved his finishing….so he will be dangerous, BUT Riquelme will be the main threat. With 5 in midfield for us, it should do the job, Gilberto will be key, and if Cesc doesnt play, DIABY will also be very important. He has been impressive and this could be the game where we get to see him perform to his best ability. I said it would be difficult to score 3, but that doesnt mean we arent capable, against Madrid in the 1st leg we should have scored 3,4, even 5 goals! If we play like we can, we should be able to win at home, and secure it with a solid draw away from home.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Riquelme’s a huge threat, the creative hub of the side, and I like Sorin as well. However, their defence has suffered some setbacks: first-choice keeper suspended; the two very reliable central defenders both injured. Probably Tacchinardi will now have to play in defence, which must take some of the spine from their midfield. I didn’t watch their ties with Rangers, but I vaguely remember even Rangers managed to score two or three. With their weakened defence I’d guess they’ll go all out for away goals. We need Gilberto to have the best game of his life against Riquelme; we need our makeshift back five to maintain their extraordinary run of clean sheets. Weird to think that the best defences in Eupope have been Barca and us, of all the improbable teams! Cross fingers, touch wood.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    LOL DEFINATELY! MORE SO US….than Barca, mainly because we are BOTH known for our attacking flair than our defensive grit…our main form of defence is to make sure the other team simply cant play by ATTACKING. If you have the ball, how can the other team score….but in the second leg against JUVE it was solid solid defending from the whole team that got us through, wasnt the attacking play of the other games. Anyway, wrote another article on Spurs losing and about our chances in Europe, will have a full preview to Villerreal tonight or tomorrow…hope you like it…btw…”Anonymous”…we are looking for writers and you seem quite passionate and seem to enjoy writing these comments, interested in writing articles for this site at all? Email me at:

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  • ROBMBASINGSTOKE

    I was at the game on saturday as well as old trafford last sunday. We played very much the same way we have all season, havin endless chances wasted by the likes of reyes and adebeyour. The difference was united had then quality to punish us whereas WBA didnt. We were lucky! But Dennis came on a changed the game. Admittedly when AW took off Tel, when we looked unlikely to hold on to a fragile lead, me and most of the other 38,00 inside highbury though….S**t here we go again. But DB is just another class, there is never going to be another player like him in my lifetime or probably in the next 50 years, the man is a legend. I now go to Spurs on saturday hoping for another Bergkamp masterclass, well atleast a decent result against a team who should never be challenging the arse at this stage of the season!

  • ROBMBASINGSTOKE

    I was at the game on saturday as well as old trafford last sunday. We played very much the same way we have all season, havin endless chances wasted by the likes of reyes and adebeyour. The difference was united had then quality to punish us whereas WBA didnt. We were lucky! But Dennis came on a changed the game. Admittedly when AW took off Tel, when we looked unlikely to hold on to a fragile lead, me and most of the other 38,00 inside highbury though….S**t here we go again. But DB is just another class, there is never going to be another player like him in my lifetime or probably in the next 50 years, the man is a legend. I now go to Spurs on saturday hoping for another Bergkamp masterclass, well atleast a decent result against a team who should never be challenging the arse at this stage of the season!

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Thanks for your comment! Yep definately but we are in a strong position to take it ourselves this time, it is in our hands once again, if we win all of our games we will be 4th…no 2 ways about it…who do you think will take the Milan vs Barca game tonight?

  • ROBMBASINGSTOKE

    barcelona did not look like the unbeatable force that everyone is talking about. As a matter of fact, at times they looked poor. A disgraceful display by Milan, almost rivalling that of Juve at highbury left the result in no doubt. I know believe that once we have swept aside Villareal, we have a very very good chance in Paris. barcelona dont look comfortable with teams going forward at pace, which is undoubtedly the main strength in a gooner side containing Henry, Fabregas, Ljungberg, Hleb etc. The future is looking bright for Wenger and the boys….lets just hope that Tel thinks the same.