Dennis Bergkamp “would not rule out” returning to Arsenal as a coach.
The legendary striker ended his illustrious career in July 2006 with a star-studded testimonial at Emirates Stadium. He has since joined the backroom staff at Ajax and begun gaining his coach qualifications. Part of that education took him back to Arsenal’s Training Ground before Christmas and, if asked, the 39-year-old would consider making a permanent return.
“I wouldn’t rule out [working at Arsenal in some capacity],” he told “Bob Wilson Meets...” on Arsenal TV.
“I really love this club and the country and I love working here. I would advise everyone to work in England, as a player or a coach, it just breathes football. It is fantastic for the game.”
And crucially the Dutchman, who scored 120 goals in 423 games after signing from Inter in 1996, believes that many modern English players have better technique than some of their foreign colleagues in the Premier League.
“I think when I first came it was a case that [there was a lack of technical ability],” he said. “Then a lot of foreign players came in and probably improved the game.
“Now I feel that there are foreign players who are coming in who aren’t improving the game because you’ve got English players who are technically better.
“It has changed. If you only look at Arsenal for example, you have 16-year-olds with fantastic technique who came through the system so you must be doing something right.”
“Bob Wilson Meets... Dennis Bergkamp” can be seen tonight at 7.15pm as Arsenal TV celebrates its first birthday with a night of special programming. Click here for full detailsCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Jan 2009