Arsenal are readying a deal to bring Dennis Bergkamp back to the Emirates Stadium in a coaching role, according to the Daily Mirror.
The club have been looking for a successor to Liam Brady as head of youth and are reportedly hoping to entice the Dutchman back into the fold at the Emirates by offering him the position at the head of the Gunners acclaimed youth set-up.
Bergkamp, who retired in 2006, is not without managerial experience. He was head of youth at Ajax before becoming the assistant manager in 2011 under Frank de Boer, winning the Eredivisie in his first year.
However, the Dutchman is most fondly known in England for his time at Arsenal as a player. Bergkamp was one of the Premier League’s greatest foreign imports, and he quickly gained legendary status at a club where he scored 120 goals in 423 appearances in all competitions, scoring some of the best goals ever seen in the Premier League.
The club voted him the club’s second ever greatest player behind Thierry Henry in 2008 and are planning to unveil a statue of the Dutchman outside the Emirates later this year.
It will be this pull for Bergkamp that Arsenal are hoping will persuade the Dutch maestro to return to London. Brady announced his intention to leave the youth set-up before the end of his contract in January and has been assisting in the search for a successor ever since, with Bergkamp reportedly favourite from the start.
Arsenal’s youth set-up has been one of the most acclaimed within the country under Brady, seeing the likes of Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Cesc Fabregas progressing through its ranks.
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