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Dennis Bergkamp open to returning to Arsenal as a coach


The Dutchman, still revered around North London, made over 400 appearances for The Gunners and hasn't ruled out leaving his homeland again to coach abroad.


KD/PSDennis Bergkamp and Manchester United defender Jaap Stam

Former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp has opened the door to a potential return to Arsenal by admitting he could be tempted by coaching abroad, in an interview with FIFA.com and picked up by the Daily Express.

The Dutchman is currently in the setup at first club Ajax where he's held the position of assistant manager since 2011, but many Arsenal fans would dream of having the 47-year-old back at the club where he enjoyed huge success in his 11-year spell.

Often hailed as one of the finest forwards to have graced The Gunners, Bergkamp made over 400 appearances and scored 120 goals as he acquired a reputation for outstanding goals and creative brilliance playing as a second striker.

Former Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp at half timeFormer Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp at half time

With Arsene Wenger's keenness on bringing back former players to the Emirates, Bergkamp may be tempted by a return to North London and his presence would no doubt lift an Arsenal side currently going 12 years without a Premier League title.

Speaking exclusively to FIFA, Bergkamp wouldn't rule out the possibility of leaving Ajax in the future to coach in another country, but is still very much happy in the Netherlands and committed to the Amsterdam side.

"At the moment I’m happy in my role at Ajax," he said. "I have a say in sporting terms and in policy making. Besides this I like being on the training pitch with the first team and helping the players improve, so at the moment I’m happy.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer and assistant coach Dennis Bergkamp (R) before the matchFormer Ajax coach Frank de Boer and assistant coach Dennis Bergkamp

"Though I won’t rule out making a move to another country and working abroad in the future, either as a coach or in another staff position."

Arsenal have won just two FA Cups since Bergkamp retired, compared to the four FA Cups, three league titles and three Community Shields when the Dutchman was at the club.

His return to The Gunners would be a huge motivator for the squad as well as the development side, with Bergkamp's reputation and legacy not only giving him the wow factor, but his trophy haul would instil more of a winning mentality on Wenger's team with their best chance to grab the title for several years.

Bergkamp (scoring for Arsenal v Newcastle - 2002Bergkamp (scoring for Arsenal v Newcastle - 2002

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