Bergkamp calls for Gunners to develop winning mentality

Former Arsenal star Dennis Bergkamp believes that the club’s current team needs to develop certain fundamental qualities, so as to secure an upturn in their fortunes, reports The Guardian.

Specifically, the 42-year-old Dutchman has identified the need for the ability of Arsene Wenger’s squad to play the game in an attractive manner to be substantiated by a ‘winning mentality’.

“I’m not sure Arsenal have enough of that in their players, when the attitude becomes more important than the ability just to pass the ball. I don’t know if the English mentality is missing a little bit,” said Bergkamp.

Furthermore, ‘The Non-Flying Dutchman’ as Bergkamp was infamously nicknamed due to his fear of flying, indicates that the Gunners must also focus on installing a greater level of diversity into their play.

“Sometimes I see their games and it’s always the same way of playing, a bit too predictable. You need a few strong characters who can get the team going. You also need a few players who can make a difference in terms of scoring goals. I don’t feel there are enough of them. You can’t only depend on one or two players.”

Bergkamp – who won three Premier League and four F.A Cups during an 11 year spell with the North London club – is now assistant manager to Frank De Boer at Ajax, who are preparing to face Manchester United in first leg of the clubs round of 32 Europa League encounter on Thursday.

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