Dennis Bergkamp and Nicklas Bendtner celebrated equally successful team efforts but unequal personal distinction on Sunday.
Arsenal’s long wait for another trophy will continue at the end of the current season. Defeat to Bradford City in the League Cup and Bayern Munich in the Champions League perhaps tells you everything you need to know about the clubs season this year; consistency has certainly not been their thing.
In the league they are horrendously off the pace of their Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City and despite something of a renaissance since beating Bayern in the Champions League second round return leg they are still not assured of a Champions League spot next season.
An FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers just compiles their misery.
Oh no wait; this is what really compiles their misery. The fact that last season’s captain Robin Van Persie scored the hat-trick that finally got his hands on the Premier League trophy he craved whilst a Gunner; something he openly admitted he knew would happen as soon as he signed for United in Sunday’s programme notes at Old Trafford.
With Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas also on the brink of winning more silverware since their North London exit with a La Liga crown in touching distance for Barcelona once again those that have moved on will be smiling at the end of the season. If Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and Samir Nasri get their hands on the FA Cup that feeling for Arsenal fans will verge on nausea.
However this Sunday two more former Arsenal players managed to get their hands on silverware; with each receiving varying forms of congratulation from the Arsenal faithful.
First the good news and Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal legend and scorer of sublime goals, has won his first title as the assistant manager at Ajax after they beat Willem II 5-0 at the Amsterdam Arena; and Arsenal fans have paid tribute on Twitter to this feat.
Bergkamp played the last time Arsenal lifted silverware. He came off in the 65th minute at the Millennium Stadium in the FA Cup Final that season; where Jens Lehmann stole the show.
Now the bad news as the widely unpopular Nicklas Bendtner can also be added to the list of players who have come and gone since that last piece of silverware that has now picked up a trophy.
He won the Scudetto with Juventus this afternoon but if it makes Gunners fans feel any better he only contributed 323 minutes to the triumphant campaign.
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