Wenger can win Premier League, says Bergkamp

The current Ajax coach revealed his surprise at the recent criticism of the Gunners boss throughout the summer but now believes the Frenchman can win the title
Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp believes Arsene Wenger can end the club’s eight-year wait for silverware by claiming the Premier League title.

The 44-year-old has seen the Gunners struggle to match the trophy haul attained during his own spell in north London as part of the famous ‘invincibles’ side that claimed the league and FA Cup double.

But with Arsenal currently sitting top of the table, Bergkamp feels they are in a strong position to continue their form and secure their first league title since he last won it back in 2003-04.

"It’s still early days, of course, but they’re going into November, where and Arsenal are known for having problems," he told talkSPORT radio.

"If they are still up at the top of the league in January or February I think they’ve got a good chance [of winning the Premier League]."

Goal exclusively revealed Wenger is set to sign a new contract but his time at the helm has not gone without criticism, with sections of fans pointing the blame for their drought at their long-standing manager.

Yet the current Ajax coach feels the criticism was unjust and now believes he has silenced any doubters with their strong start to the season and summer transfer business that included the acquisition of Mesut Ozil.

"I was really surprised by the stick Wenger got this summer," he continued. "Looking back over the last six or seven years where there weren’t any trophies it was disappointing, but can you blame just him?

"I don’t think so. He’s a manager and, how I know him, he’s a manager who wants to win trophies. He wants to be successful. He’s not doing it on purpose.

"He’s silenced the critics a little bit, although you never know what will happen in the season. For now they’re doing really well. They bought a terrific player in Mesut Ozil. It’s going well at the minute."