Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has revealed his dismay at his former club’s current league position, and says their defence is the main issue.
Dutchman Bergkamp is regarded by many Arsenal supporters to be one of the greatest players in the club’s recent history, and played a key part in the famous ‘Invincible’ season of 2003/2004.
But Bergkamp doesn’t mince his words or let sentiment cloud his view when it comes to appraising the Gunners’ current crop of stars – or his former boss Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal are currently a whopping 13 points behind surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City, and Bergkamp told the Daily Mail: “When you start a season you think, ‘OK, if we can stay on top of Man City, Man United and Chelsea, we will win the league’.
“Now there are two other teams in front of Arsenal. It’s ridiculous.
“Arsenal have a really good team and a really, really good squad. They’ve got tremendous players and they should be able to win the championship, but one of the biggest problems is defence.
“So many times the team have to react to going a goal behind or two goals behind. That happens too much. And at this time of the year you can’t drop points.”
In total, Bergkamp won four top-flight titles during his trophy-laden spell in north London, and he’ll be keeping a close eye on his old team during their season run-in.
Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at home on Sunday afternoon, before facing West Brom at the Emirates next weekend.
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