Giovanni van Bronckhorst led Feyenoord to first Dutch title since 1999 and becomes contender to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

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Rotterdam giants hung on clinch first Eredivisie championship in 18 years after finishing one point ahead of Ajax in tense race

FORMER Arsenal defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst has guided Feyenoord to an historic first Dutch title in 18 years.

A hat-trick from Dirk Kuyt ensured the Rotterdam giants were Eredivisie champions as they beat Heracles 3-1.

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Giovanni van Bronckhost led Feyenoord to the a first Dutch title in 18 seasons

And they finished the season a point clear of Ajax and in first place for the first time since 1999.


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The mastermind behind the achievement was Van Bronckhorst who oversaw an incredible transformation in the club — setting up the triumph by claiming the KNVB Cup last season.

Feyenoord reacted to win the Eredivisie title ahead of Ajax on tense final day

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Feyenoord reacted to win the Eredivisie title ahead of Ajax on tense final day

Could he be a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger when the Arsenal boss finally stands down?

The Dutchman was part of Arsenal’s Premier League and FA Cup double-winning side of 2001-02 — and won the latter a second time when they beat Southampton at the Millennium Stadium to retain the famous old trophy.

So he knows what it takes to win in England.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst played for Arsenal for two season from 2001 to 2003

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst played for Arsenal for two season from 2001 to 2003

Giovanni van Bronckhorst instilled a winning mentality to Feyenoord players

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst instilled a winning mentality to Feyenoord players

An emotional Giovanni van Bronckhorst hails his achievement with Feyenoord

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An emotional Giovanni van Bronckhorst hails his achievement with Feyenoord

Furthermore, he also won two Scottish titles with Rangers prior to moving to Highbury.

Van Bronckhorst left Arsenal for Barcelona and was a major part of the Catalan revolution.

And started the 2006 Champions League final victory over his former club, while he also captained Holland — a nation notorious for a lack of unity — to the 2010 World Cup final.

Arsene Wenger is expected to finally leave Arsenal at the end of next campaign

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Arsene Wenger is expected to finally leave Arsenal at the end of next campaign

Giovanni van Bronckhorst signed for Arsenal in summer of 2001

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst signed for Arsenal in summer of 2001

A young coach at the age of 42, he would bring a winning mentality to the Emirates.

While Feyenoord exited the Europa League at the group stage, he still scored a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

Van Bronckhorst fits the profile Arsenal would like to follow on from Wenger.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was at Rangers before moving to Arsenal in 2001

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst was at Rangers before moving to Arsenal in 2001

Giovanni van Bronckhorst with Freddie Ljungberg and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst with Freddie Ljungberg and Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

He would be keen to stay for the long-term, and has shown he can achieve success on a budget.

He brought a winning mentality to a club that had gone nearly two decades without even mounting a genuine title challenge.

Feyenoord let a seven-point lead slip to take the title race right to the wire.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst in action for Barcelona against Chelsea in 2006

Giovanni van Bronckhorst in action for Barcelona against Chelsea in 2006

Mark van Bomme, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Henrik Larsson celebrate winning Champions League with Barcelona against Arsenal in 2006

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Mark van Bommel, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Henrik Larsson celebrate winning Champions League with Barcelona against Arsenal in 2006

Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates World Cup semi-final goal for Holland

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates World Cup semi-final goal for Holland

They had the chance to wrap it up with a game to spare, but lost 3-0 at Excelsior, meaning they could not afford any mistakes on the final day.

But the boss kept the players’ heads together and got them over the line in style.

It is looking increasingly likely that Wenger will stay on for at least another season.

And that may give Van Bronckhorst just enough time to prove he is no flash in the pan.

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