Did Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp mean pirouette goal against Newcastle? Ian Wright weighs in

first_img Phil HaighThursday 16 Apr 2020 12:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment ‘So when he went back for it, the touch went where it went and he just improvised. Just said, “well why go that way? I’m not going to get around Dabizas, just turn that way”.‘I think what people should really appreciate is the quickness of thought to realise, ‘oh, that’s happened’ then bam, bam, bam. And then it was the calmness of the finish that showed the real class.‘And that’s what it comes down to, whether he meant it… of course he meant it. He done it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBergkamp has himself spoken of the goal in the past, but not fully cleared up what was in his mind when making that first touch.‘At first I got the ball from Robert, he gave it to me from the side,’ he said. ‘I thought the ball was a little bit too much behind me, so I had to turn to control it, [to] touch the ball past the defender.‘The quickest way to go towards the ball was turning that way… so it looked a bit special or strange or nice, but that was for me the only option and the quickest way towards the ball and towards the goal.‘The finish was just to try and get it past the goalkeeper in such a way that he can’t reach it. The whole move was probably inch-perfect. It could have gone completely wrong but that time it worked.’MORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown tells Tottenham striker Harry Kane to snub Manchester United transferMORE: Ian Wright didn’t think Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira was tough enough for the Premier LeagueFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Dennis Bergkamp’s goal for Arsenal against Newcastle in 2002 has caused plenty of debate (Picture: Getty Images)Debate has been raging for 18 years over whether Dennis Bergkamp meant his beautiful pirouette goal for Arsenal against Newcastle or not, and Ian Wright has attempted to clear up the situation.On 2 March 2002, the Dutchman appeared to produce a fabulous piece of skill to flick the ball round Newcastle defender Nikos Dabizas then spin the other way round the defender before stroking the ball into the back of the net.Fans have always questioned whether Bergkamp meant that miraculous first touch which bamboozled the Greek defender, and it appears that he didn’t.Wright says his former Arsenal team-mate admitted that he simply improvised after that unusual first touch. However, Wright also claims that Bergkamp definitely meant it, so the case cannot be closed just yet…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The thing with that about people saying about [if he] meant it,’ Wright told the BBC.‘I spoke to him not so long ago and he was explaining the goal and he said the ball from Robert Pires was actually behind him, so he had to go and wait for it.center_img Did Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp mean pirouette goal against Newcastle? Ian Wright weighs in 🗓 #OnThisDay in 2002…🐐 Dennis Bergkamp. Say no more. pic.twitter.com/ldD2ewtJiz— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 2, 2020 Advertisementlast_img