The whole idea that soccer should be beautiful, that “football is an art, like dancing is an art,” as Wenger once said, is a little out of fashion at the moment. But 10 or 15 years ago, before tiki-taka and at a time when the Premier League was even less synonymous with short passes and attractive buildup play than it is today, those Henry-Bergkamp sides, with Robert Pirès and Freddie Ljungberg and yes Ashley Cole, felt like a revelation. They were hypnotic and merciless and did things that made you question what was possible on a soccer pitch.

via Mesut Ozil and Arsenal so far – Grantland.

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