Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp hasn’t ruled out a move back to the club.
Arsenal hero Dennis Bergkamp has told Ian Wright that he would fancy a return to the Gunners when he’s ready to resume his coaching career.
Bergkamp, now 50, was certainly an Arsenal legend during his playing days, even though his arrival was met with some raised eyebrows way back in 1995.
The Dutchman hadn’t quite lived up to his billing at Inter Milan, scoring 22 goals in 74 games, but Bruce Rioch saw enough to make him his first Arsenal signing, and Arsene Wenger really turned him into a star.
His goal record for Arsenal may not look too great, with 120 in 423 appearances, but the way he’s revered in the red half of North London is about much more than just goals.
Bergkamp’s grace, poise, skill and frankly ridiculous technique made him the ultimate artist, and few have been able to match him in that regard since his retirement in 2006.
Bergkamp ended up turning his hand to coaching, firstly with Netherlands B and Ajax youth teams, before becoming Frank de Boer’s assistant with the Ajax first team in 2011, a role he held for six years.
Things turned a little sour for Bergkamp under Peter Bosz, and almost two years since being sacked from his coaching role with the Amsterdam giants, he’s yet to return to the game.
Former Arsenal teammate Wright has now asked him whether he would be interested in a future return to the Gunners as a coach, and Bergkamp suggested he would be keen if the opportunity arrived.
However, Bergkamp noted that it’s difficult right now because he has a young family settled in the Netherlands, but once his kids grow up, he would love to get back into coaching, even if he doesn’t see himself as a manager.
“I would think so, yeah,” said Bergkamp. “At the moment, it’s a bit difficult family-wise. I’ve still got a young family, we’re settled here, but as the kids move on, they’ve got their own plan of course in life, and once that happens, I would love to return into coaching, and especially in an academy or maybe even part of the first team, that sort of role. I don’t see myself as a head coach; I enjoy being part of a staff, but not really being the main man,” he added.