Dennis and Thierry: still the perfect match
Lack of goal-scoring away from home has been a fundamental feature of Arsenal's season. And its not just the lack of goals that is concerning; the lack of overall chances being created by Arsenal's attacking game away from home is also a major worry.
The loss of our left-side attacking game because of the injuries to Cole and Clichy has contributed to this situation. The loss of the attacking drive of Vieira from the centre of midfield is another factor. And the loss to injury of van Persie as he was threatening to combine an explosive partnership with Thierry Henry can also be added to this sorry mix.
On top of all this, there is the absence of Dennis Bergkamp to consider.
Bergkamp is undoubtedly an Arsenal legend. For me he is still the ultimate link-man between the Arsenal midfield and the back of the net. I reckon that Henry is at his best when he has Bergkamp as a forward partner. And although Thierry is the captain, it is clear that he - as well as all the other Arsenal players - still looks up to Bergkamp as the number-one inspirational professional at the club.
All these positive reasons for playing Bergkamp need to be considered by Wenger when making his next team selection.
Henry's admiration for Bergkamp is obvious and has been stated many times throughout the seasons. And it is clear to me that Thierry thrives most when he has Bergkamp on the pitch directing Arsenal's attacking moves and offering a constant supply of dangerous attacking passing. Of course not every pass comes off, but he still brings a balance, composure and cohesion to the Arsenal attacking game that is unbeatable and has been sorely missed.
Bergkamp's return to the squad for the Fulham game is a big plus. I hope Wenger selects him up front with the aim of lifting - which he is capable of doing through his presence and skill - the attacking performance of the Arsenal team in what is virtually a must-win game.