Mikel Arteta’s Call: Dennis Bergkamp to Inspire Future Stars at Arsenal Academy
Between 1995 and 2006, the former Netherlands international played for Highbury for 11 seasons, a time when he was considered one of the Premier League’s best attacking players.
As Thierry Henry’s primary striking partner, Bergkamp helped the North London giants win three Premier League titles. He also contributed to four FA Cups and three Community Shields. Bergkamp was instrumental in the success of the 2003–04 Invincibles.
In 423 games while wearing an Arsenal shirt, Bergkamp finished with 119 goals, 100 assists, and a Champions League runners-up trophy to cap off his final season in 2005–06.
Following his retirement in 2006, the 54-year-old started working as a coach at his childhood club, Ajax, where he held several positions such as assistant manager, youth team manager, and offensive coach.
After serving as assistant manager for Almere City Under-21s for a few months from March to June 2019, Bergkamp was fired by Ajax in December 2017; nevertheless, he hasn’t had a position since.
Football Transfers now state that Arteta has extended an offer to the Dutchman to play in Arsenal’s academy, and he will “seriously consider” any such offer.
According to the article, Bergkamp is now prepared to resume his coaching career after a four-year hiatus, and Arteta believes the former PFA Players’ Player of the Year winner would be a tremendous asset.
Though it’s unclear what exactly Bergkamp’s role would be, talks are reportedly continuing. Additionally, he hasn’t received an official job offer from his former club.
There are rumours, though, that Bergkamp might be brought in to replace Jack Wilshere, another former Arsenal player who is currently in charge of the team’s Under-18 squad.
After quitting football early at the age of thirty, Wilshere moved back to North London in July of last year. In his first season as manager, he guided the Under-18 team to the FA Youth Cup final, but his team lost the championship game 5-1 to West Ham United.
However, there have been rumours about the former England midfielder leaving the Emirates. In October, it was claimed that he had discussions with Colorado Rapids, an MLS team that has since hired Chris Armas.
It’s also thought that Wilshere’s departure would allow Bergkamp to take over at London Colney, and other clubs in the UK and North America may have talked about hiring him.
Before Tuesday’s Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven, where the latter 16-year-old might make his European debut for the Gunners, Arteta compared Wilshere to another Hale End graduate, Ethan Nwaneri.