Arsenal want Bergkamp for first-team role

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Arsenal have reportedly identified club legend Dennis Bergkmap for a first-team coaching position, rather than as a replacement for outgoing academy chief Liam Brady.

It was confirmed this week that Brady will leave his the director of Arsenal's youth academy director by May 2014 but, it is claimed, the former Gunners playmaker could depart at the end of the current season.

But, reports, Bergkamp will not be considered a candidate to replace Brady, who has been working with Arsenal's academy since 1996, but the Gunners will instead look to integrate the Dutchman into Arsene Wenger's senior set-up.

Bergkamp, currently working as Frank de Boer's No.2 at Ajax, is reported to have held informal discussions with Arsenal last summer about eventually succeeding Brady, but an offer of the chance to assist Wenger is now more likely.

The 43-year-old has previously indicated a willingness to return to England as a coach, but says he has no interest in becoming a manager, although seeing Bergkamp progress through the ranks and replace Wenger would be a dream for many Arsenal fans.

Bergkamp scored 120 goals in 423 appearances for Arsenal during 11 seasons in north London, and is regarded among the greatest players to have ever played for the club.

The former Netherlands international was part of three league winning Arsenal teams, including their last Premier League triumph in the 2003/04 Invincibles season.

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