Bergkamp open to Arsenal coaching role

Dennis Bergkamp has revealed he is keen to take a coaching post at his former club Arsenal, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Bergkamp is currently an assistant at Ajax but would be interested in taking up a role with the Gunners in the future, comparing his feelings for the north London club to the bond shared between Johan Cruyff and Barcelona.

At Arsenal it was a good click. I always enjoyed it. I never had a bad day there. It is always on my mind. It is part of my ambition to come back at some stage,” Bergkamp said. “I can’t really plan ahead.

I know I will be [at Ajax] for at least another three or five years and then I don’t know. I don’t see myself being at Ajax for the rest of my coaching career. I don’t see myself as a manager,” he added.

I see myself as being part of the coaching staff. I really enjoy that role, especially the individual training with the strikers. I’ve spoken to or have heard about others [former Arsenal colleagues] who would also love to come back.

Bergkamp has been particularly impressed with the capture of Mesut Ozil, although he stressed comparisons between himself and the Germany international are better best avoided. “He is a tremendous player with a lot of effective skills like controlling the ball, making creative passes and assists, taking the right position in the field every time. And he’s extremely experienced,” Bergkamp said of the club’s record signing.

Putting all that together I think you’ve got a player who can be the missing link in the Arsenal team, a player who will make a striker score goals, who will link up in Arsenal’s position-game and who will score goals as well.

Bergkamp moved to Arsenal in 1996 from Serie A giants Inter, and went on to play more than 400 games for the club, scoring 120 goals. He claimed three Premier League titles and four FA Cups while at Arsenal, as well as 79 international caps for the Netherlands.

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