Dennis Bergkamp could be set for an emotional return to Arsenal as part of Mikel Arteta’s backroom team.
The Gunners legend, 51, spent 11 years with Arsenal as a player before retiring at the club and moving into coaching.
After six years working at Ajax as a coach he left the Dutch outfit in 2017 and has not held a job in football since.
However as per a report from The Sun, Arteta wants the former striker to head back to Arsenal as a first-team coach.
Bergkamp’s old teammate Freddie Ljungberg has just resigned from his role at the club, leaving a vacancy which Arteta is keen to fill sooner rather than later.
Both Bergkamp and Ljungberg formed part of Arsenal’s 2004 Invincibles side, with the latter now moving on to focus on his own managerial career.
Other members of that unbeaten side are also at Arsenal, with Edu the club’s technical director and Robert Pires also coaching in the academy.
Bergkamp would also likely be interested in a return to his former club given his recent comments on getting back involved with the game.
“When the time is right, I’d love to go back and get a role somewhere,” he told FourFourTwo last month. “At the moment we’re great in Holland. I’ve got a young family and have been out of coaching for a little while now.
“But I must admit, I have the urge to go on the pitch again and help, whether it’s with the technical or coaching staff.
“It might be a bit too early, but you never know. We’ll see what comes my way.”
Adding of a potential return to Arsenal, he said: “At the moment there hasn’t been any contact about that, but as soon as I make my decision, let’s see what happens.
“Of course it would be ideal at Arsenal – I spent 11 years there and have a good feeling with the club.”
It is likely Arteta will make an appointment before the new Premier League season kicks off in September following Ljungberg’s sudden departure.
Ljungberg had been coaching in the under-23s until this season where he moved up to the first team under Unai Emery, before taking the reins when the Spaniard was sacked.
It appears his brief spell in charge prior to Arteta’s arrival has given Ljungberg a taste for the role on a regular basis.
Ljungberg, 43, said in a statement: “I have decided to leave my first-team assistant coaching role at Arsenal to progress my management experience.
“I have been involved with this club on and off since 1998 and am grateful for all the opportunities they have given me both as a player and as a coach.
“I wish Mikel and all the team every success for the season ahead. Thanks also to the fans for their constant support and for always being by my side. I hope we will all meet again soon.”