Cesc Fabregas has jumped to the defence of former Arsenal team-mate Dennis Bergkamp.
Fabregas took to Twitter to question Adrian Durham’s opinion about Bergkamp. The ex-Arsenal defender, who had a small overlap with Bergkamp in North London, asked ‘is this guy serious?’
Martin Keown and talkSPORT presenter Durham have been embroiled in a debate about how good Bergkamp really was. The Dutchman has his own statue outside of the Emirates Stadium and produced some memorable moments for the Gunners but Durham is sceptical.
In a video clip posted by talkSPORT’s Twitter page, Durham said: “Never scored more than 20 goals in a Premier League season… he was there for 10 years!.” He also questioned why Bergkamp never won the Champions League with Arsenal.
Fabregas and Keown fight back
Fabregas dismissed Durham’s arguments and said ‘you don’t understand this sport’ if you undervalue Bergkamp. Keown agreed, saying that he would trust “one of the greatest midfielders of his generation” over Durham.
On Twitter, Fabregas said: “Is this guy serious? Lost the plot big time there. If you don’t think Bergkamp was that good, then you don’t understand this sport at all.”
Keown quoted Fabregas’ tweet and added: “Who are we believing… One of the greatest midfielders of his generation or (you’ll probably need to google him) Adrian Durham”.
Having played with Bergkamp, Fabregas is clearly more qualified to talk about Bergkamp than Durham. But the intention of the talkSPORT presenter is clear here.
He has just said something contentious to generate publicity and increase the audience. With big names like Keown and Fabregas biting at Durham’s bait, he has gained exactly what he wanted.