In the latest biography of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp says that he had childish arguments with his former boss Arsene Wenger. He admitted that he also fell out with Wenger in the later stage of his career.
“Not many times but it did happen. But with respect: no swearing or name-calling. It would happen on the field when he told me I wasn’t playing. Even late on, when I was 35 or 36, he would say: ‘Do you still want to come to the game? Do you want to be on the bench?’ And he’d leave the decision to me. I don’t know what he was thinking. Was it like ‘I’d rather not have you there’ or ‘I’ve got so much respect for you?’ Of course I knew when I was 35 or 36 that I couldn’t play every game. But within yourself you think you can.”
Asked if he had problems coming on in the last 20 minutes of games, Dennis replied :
“The arguments we had were only about those sorts of football-related things. Me playing or not playing. It was very childish, but it came from the heart – from both of us.”