Arsenal have a plan to bring back Ajax coach – and former Gunners striker Dennis Bergkamp to Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have pinpointed the man to succeed Liam Brady as head of their youth set-up, reports the Daily Mirror: former Gunners striker Dennis Bergkamp.
The Non-Flying Dutchman, as he became affectionately known by supporters of the north London club due to his fear of air travel, has been Frank de Boer’s assistant at Ajax for the last two years, having taken charge of the Eredivisie team’s youth side prior to that.
Bergkamp is fondly remembered by Arsenal fans.
In 2008 he was voted the side’s second greatest player in their history, with only record goalscorer Thierry Henry ahead of him, and this year he will have a statue unveiled outside the Emirates Stadium.
In 423 appearances for Arsenal, Bergkamp scored 120 goals and provided 124 assists for his team-mates, but statistics don’t tell the whole story when it comes to the 43 year-old.
Bergkamp was a graduate of Ajax’s school of Total Football, first implemented by Johan Cruyff, and he has brought a similar style of play to the club upon his return to coaching.
If he could do the same for the Gunners, Arsenal would again be grateful to their second greatest ever player.