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Mikel Arteta ‘to offer Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp a place in his coaching staff’

Mikel Arteta is lining up a stunning move to bring Dennis Bergkamp back to Arsenal as part of his coaching setup.

That’s according to The Sun, who say the Arsenal manager wants Bergkamp to replace outgoing first-team assistant Freddie Ljungberg.

Bergkamp has been out of the game for nearly three years since leaving his role as Ajax assistant back in December 2017.

And Arteta is ready to hand the 51-year-old a route back into the game as part of his Gunners revolution.

Bergkamp spent 11 years at Arsenal and has his own statue outside the Emirates. He was a regular in the ‘Invincibles’ squad that went a season unbeaten under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.

He won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups in his time in north London.

Ljungberg, who was a team-mate of Bergkamp’s, revealed on Saturday that he was leaving his role as first-team assistant in pursuit of management opportunities.

‘I have decided to leave my first team assistant coaching role at Arsenal to progress my management experience,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘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.’ 

Arsenal have since snapped up Brentford set piece coach Andreas Gregson as Arteta, who capped an encouraging first half-season at Arsenal with FA Cup glory, continues to restructure his staff.

Arsenal begin Arteta’s first full Premier League campaign on September 12 away to Fulham and meet Liverpool in the Community Shield on Saturday. 

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