Dennis Bergkamp hints at Arsenal return as he eyes route back into coaching

Dennis Bergkamp has hinted he would be open to the idea of returning to Arsenal as he considers a route back into football coaching.

The former Gunners legend has been out of the game since leaving another of his old clubs Ajax in December 2017.

Since then he has been enjoying his free time without the day-to-day rigours of being out on the training field.

However he has admitted the bug for being involved in football is slowly coming back.

“When the time is right, I’d love to go back and get a role somewhere,” he told FourFourTwo. “At the moment we’re great in Holland. I’ve got a young family and have been out of coaching for a little while now.

"But I must admit, I have the urge to go on the pitch again and help, whether it’s with the technical or coaching staff.

"It might be a bit too early, but you never know. We’ll see what comes my way."

Bergkamp, 51, has often been linked with taking up a role in a coaching capacity at Arsenal, where he spent 11 trophy-laden years as a player.

He is still highly-revered among fans and behind the scenes, and a number of his former Arsenal teammates have returned to the club in non-playing roles.

Of the 2003/04 Invincibles side, ex-midfielder Edu is now operating as the club's technical director, while former wingers Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg are both coaching in the academy and first team respectively.

Arsenal have a good track record of welcoming former players back into the club in roles after their playing careers, so could Bergkamp be next?

“At the moment there hasn’t been any contact about that, but as soon as I make my decision, let's see what happens,” Bergkamp said.

“Of course it would be ideal at Arsenal – I spent 11 years there and have a good feeling with the club.”

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