Pipe dreams are good dreams, or so they say, and the thought of Dennis Bergkamp succeeding Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager would certainly fall into both categories.

Other than winning the Champions League, there can be few ambitions that Arsenal supporters would harbour more greatly than seeing Bergkamp take the reigns at the Emirates Stadium at some point in the future.

Whether or not it will ever happen is another matter entirely, but there would surely be no person better suited to upholding the philosophy of Wenger than Bergkamp.

The 42-year-old former Gunners forward is currently cutting his teeth in the coaching world working in the famed Ajax academy, and assisting Frank De Boer with the first-team.

There are surely few better places in football to serve an apprenticeship as a coach and, although De Boer and Bergkamp have struggled for results this season, they have the complete trust of their young squad.

The work Bergkamp has been doing at the Amsterdam Arena will come into sharper focus on Thursday, with Ajax set to face Manchester United in the last 32 of the Europa League.

It is the first time Ajax have been paired with English opposition since Bergkamp joined the club in a coaching capacity, and how Arsenal fans would relish the Dutchman being the architect of a United demise once again.

Should the Eredivisie champions secure victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Bergkamp - and, of course, De Boer - will see their credentials significantly enhanced, and the former could take his first steps on the road to an Arsenal return.

A move into Wenger's backroom would the most sensible initial transition for Bergkamp, and one that would send the Emirates Stadium into raptures.

He can certainly see his future back in England one day, having spent 13 years as a player in the country, after signing for Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1996.

"There is something that stays with me, something in my body that wants to go back to England one day as part of a coaching staff," he told the Daily Mail last last year.

"That is always in my mind. I don't miss specific things but I miss the feeling, which I can't really explain. I haven't sold my house there yet."

Bringing Bergkamp back to Arsenal could prove to be more influential than any acquisition Wenger makes in the transfer market and perhaps provide the fillip required after a season destined to end in failure.

It is seemingly inevitable that Bergkamp will, one day, return to Arsenal in some capacity and one can only hope he will eventually succeed Wenger as manager.

However, Bergkamp would appear to be a reluctant head coach and, at this moment in time, does not see the path into management as one he wants to tread.

"I've never seen myself as a manager," he added. "As a manager, you have to put all your time into the job and that would be difficult for me.

"As a player I wanted to switch off at home and it's the same now. I would maybe feel trapped."

And, of course, the fear of flying that affected his playing career would have an impact on his prospects of managing a high-profile European side.

But, should Wenger decide to stay at the helm for a few more years and familiarise Bergkamp with his management structure, appointing the latter as his successor would not only be a heart-warming moment but a logical step.

Bergkamp may take some convincing that a he should move into management, but he surely would not be able to resist the temptation of taking command of the club he so loves.

It may be said that romance in football is dead and, of course, a club should be advised to let heads rule hearts. But who says dreams can't become reality?

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