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Arsenal cult hero backed to forgo Newcastle move and replace Edu

Arsenal cult hero backed to forgo Newcastle move and replace Edu

Van der Vaart backs Overmars to replace Edu

Former Tottenham midfielder and Dutch icon Rafael van der Vaart has backed current Ajax Amsterdam director of football Marc Overmars to replace Edu Gaspar at” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Arsenal


According to Football.London, the former Ajax Amsterdam youth academy product and 109-times capped Dutch international once likened to Johan Cruijff claims that Overmars would prefer a move to Arsenal despite links with newly-purchased Newcastle.

In an interview with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, Van der Vaart backed Overmars to be successful given his Ajax track record;

“He is doing so well, everyone wants him. I think it’s great what they’ve been doing for years with Edwin van der Sar (Ajax chief executive). It doesn’t surprise me (Newcastle want him).

Maybe it’s a nice challenge at Newcastle United but I think he’d much rather go to Arsenal. He has more of a connection there. I don’t think he’s going to (join Newcastle).”

Overmars has certainly left a mark at Ajax in his current role as director of football after staring for the club from 1992-97 before heading to north London where he helped changed football in England during his time with Arsenal.

During his time in the Ajax hierarchy, Overmars has been responsible from bringing in players the likes of Daley Sinkgraven, Arkadiusz Milik, Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Davinson Sánchez, Dusan Tadic, Edson Álvarez, Lisandro Martínez, Mohammed Kudus, Antony, Sébastien Haller, and Mohamed Daramy.

Era-defining winger at Arsenal

Marc Overmars remains fondly remembered in north London amongst the Arsenal faithful after the Dutchman helped Arsène Wenger build his empire north of the Thames in the mid-90’s.

Arsenal cult hero backed to forgo Newcastle move and replace Edu

7 Nov 1999: Marc Overmars of Arsenal takes on Stephen Clemence of Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Carling Premiership match at White Hart Lane in London. Spurs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

Arriving at the club in 1997 after helping Ajax to seven major honors including their famous Champions League win against AC Milan, Overmars hit the ground running at Arsenal and was a key piece of the puzzle in Wenger’s first league win at the club during the 1997-98 Premier League season.

He would only spend two additional seasons at Highbury before moving to Barcelona to join the heavy Dutch presence at the Camp Nou, but his pace, technical craft, and ability to terrorize opposition defenders down the flanks made him one of the premier wingers in England during his short time at Arsenal.

Though his track record at Ajax regarding squad building is impressive, handling matters at Arsenal is another animal entirely as the Gunners are hardly the dominant force in the league. But a second stint at Arsenal could perhaps be even more influential this time around.

This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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