Mikel Arteta ready to hire Dennis Bergkamp to replace Freddie Ljungberg

assistent trainer Dennis Bergkamp of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between FC Utrecht and Ajax Amsterdam at the Galgenwaard Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Utrecht, The Netherlands
Bergkamp would be open to a return to Arsenal (Picture: VI Images via Getty)

Mikel Arteta wants Dennis Bergkamp to return to Arsenal, reports claim.

The Gunners manager is looking to replace Freddie Ljungberg and hire a new assistant coach this summer.

Ljungberg, who took control of Arsenal on an interim basis after Unai Emery was sacked, announced he had left his coaching role at the Emirates as he looks to take the next step into management.

It has left a vacancy in Arteta’s backroom staff and, according to The Sun, he would like Bergkamp to fill it.

Bergkamp, 51, has been coaching on a volunteer basis with little-known Almere City since he lost his job as Ajax’s assistant manager three years ago.

He is keen to return into a full-time coaching position and it’s thought that he would jump at the chance to return to Arsenal.

Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta with assistant coaches (L) Albert Stuivenburg and (R) Freddie Ljungberg during a training session at London Colney on December 23, 2019 in St Albans, England.
Arteta needs to replace Ljungberg (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)

He’s not the only man in the frame, other reports claim that Brentford’s Andreas Georgson is being considered.

However, the romantic choice would be Bergkamp, who won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time at Highbury between 1995 and 2006.

Bergkamp said in a recent interview: ‘I’m really interested in Arteta and how he’s doing as there are signs  he wants to change their philosophy.

‘When the time is right, I’d love to go back and get a role somewhere.

‘Of course it would be ideal at Arsenal.

‘I spent 11 years there and have a good feeling with the club.’

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