Having just released his autobiography (titled “Stillness & Speed”), Dennis Bergkamp gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph that will be music to the ears of Arsenal fans.
The non-flying Dutchman, currently at Ajax, says he would be keen on a return to Arsenal, to coach, perhaps alongside Tony Adams.
Bergkamp also hails the arrival of Mesut Ozil and predicts the German playmaker can lift the Gunners to silverware.
On a return to Arsenal, Bergkamp said: “The feeling Johan Cruyff has had for Barcelona, I have the same with Arsenal. 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 continues: “I can’t really plan ahead. I know I will be here [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. 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. Steve Bould is there now which is excellent. I’ve spoken to Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry would love to come back to Arsenal one day. Tony [Adams] is a big option as well.”
And on Ozil, Bergkamp is effusive in his praise for the German: “I don’t like comparing. We’re all unique. But I do understand the similarities people see and I believe he can be very important to the team. It is still early days. 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. 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.”