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Marc Overmars set sights on Arsenal return

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Arsenal legend Marc Overmars has claimed he would welcome a return to north London as part of the Gunners' backroom staff.

The former Dutch winger currently operates as technical director at Ajax, but he told the London Evening Standard that he envisages a future role at the Emirates Stadium.

"The way I work with Ajax, I do the transfers, the contracts and organise the scouting," he said. "It wouldn't surprise me if I work in the future at Arsenal - it could be a possibility."

Overmars added: "I've never discussed it with Arsene Wenger. But if the board think about the future and make a list of people to work at the club, it wouldn't surprise me if I am on the list of people.

"However, at this moment, I want to stay at Ajax."

The 39-year-old spent three years at Arsenal after signing from Ajax for £6.6million in 1997. The Dutchman scored 41 goals in 142 appearances, including the opener in the 1998 FA Cup final, which Arsenal went on to win 2-0.

Overmars also helped the Gunners to the Premier League title in his first season at the club, but moved in the summer of 2000 in a £25m transfer to Barcelona.

After retiring, Overmars became a technical director after deciding he did not have the qualities to become a manager.

"When you get older as a player, you work out what your qualities are for the future," he said. "I was quite fast to realise being a manager was not my job."

Should Overmars take up a role as technical director at the Emirates, the Gunners might finally have someone to spend their £123m cash reserves.

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