Dennis Bergkamp has essentially ruled himself out of the running for the manager’s job at Arsenal, insisting that he wants to be a coach and help players improve rather than running the club (via the Arsenal Weekly podcast).
The Flying Dutchman is one of many who have been tipped as potential successors for Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman eventually steps down, but there were always concerns over his suitability for the role. There seemed to be an outside possibility that he could eventually land the job, but now it looks like there’s no chance whatsoever.
“The best thing for me is being on the pitch [in training], especially with the strikers,” he said.
“That’s my kind of thing, to really teach them things that are the details of football.
“How to control a ball, how to shoot a ball, how to pass it, how to look for other players. That’s my main thing. Therefore, my ambition is not really to be a head coach, to be the top coach. I give my opinion and tell [the other coaches] how I feel about it.
“But in the end. there’s a head coach who decides what is happening. My part is more on the pitch with the players, especially with the strikers.”
That’s definitely a mentality we could do with at Arsenal, even if he isn’t after Wenger’s job. We’ve struggled badly for goals in 2016, and Bergkamp could unquestionably help our strikers improve. He was one of the greatest players in the Premier League for quite some time, doing things with a football that many could only dream of. He boasted vision similar to that of Mesut Özil, but scored a huge number of goals too.
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The Ajax coach would be a welcome addition at Arsenal, and even if he never gets anywhere near the manager’s seat he could still bring a huge amount to the club. It would be great to see an Arsenal legend like him on the coaching staff, but will it happen?