Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp, and Thierry Henry were present at the Emirates Stadium to witness the Gunners’ victory over Manchester United. They stayed behind to give their praises to two current stars
Bukayo Saka and Emile Rowe are key factors in Arsenal’s top four chase. The pair have been praised by two Gunners’ latest title-winners.
They have been a huge success as Mikel Arteta’s team won back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Manchester United, allowing them to return to the Champions League. Smith Rowe scored at Stamford Bridge and Saka converted both from the penalty spot.
Arsene Winger had Dennis Bergkamp as well as Thierry Henry in the Gunners’ recent Premier League title victory. It was 2003-04. The Invincibles were also back in London to pay tribute to the current generation, having defeated Tottenham 3-1 to move ahead of their neighbours Man Utd.
“We learned a lot from the English guys,”Bergkamp, who joined in 1995, said so. “They know what English football means. They know what Arsenal means, and you guys know that as well. So if you bring that to the team, fantastic.
“You are a master of aggression and passion. That’s what I admire about you. It’s easy to tell that you are English guys.”
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Saka and Smith Rowe are Arsenal’s leading scorers this season, with 11 and 10 league goals respectively. However, they’re not the only members of the team to earn praise from a club legend after the victory over Man Utd.
Ian Wright, who won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998, praised Mohamed Elneny after the midfielder returned to the fold with Thomas Partey injured. The Egyptian hadn’t played a minute for the Gunners since New Year’s Day before returning to the starting line-up against Chelsea, but played the full 180 minutes across the Gunners’ back-to-back wins.
“Xhaka was magnificent, Odegaard did his stuff again, but Elneny – for someone that last played before Chelsea was in December – he came in today…dependable, professional, he never lets the team down,”Wright spoke on Match of the Day. “He had the most passes today and the most interceptions, he just gets himself in the right position.
“He’s the kind of player, he wants to pass forward,” Wright continued. “He’s somebody who kept the ball going and kept Arsenal going. He’s the kind of player – and he may leave – you come in when you haven’t played for so long and he’s been magnificent.”
Arsenal are back in action on Sunday with a trip to West Ham United. The Hammers are expected to be without a recognised senior centre-back for the game, with Craig Dawson suspended after his red card in the defeat at Chelsea.
Arteta was cagey on Saka’s involvement after the England star was forced off against United. “Bukayo was struggling even first half of the match, but he really wanted to do it, he had a big knock the other night and as soon as this he was struggling, so let’s see how he is,” the manager said.