Overmars: Arsenal return wouldn’t surprise me


Marc Overmars has revealed he is open to working for Arsenal in the future and confirmed a backroom role would best suit him.

The 39-year-old Dutchman is currently Ajax’s director of football where he works on the technical side of the game with former teammates including manager Frank de Boer and coaches Wim Jonk, Jaap Stam and Dennis Bergkamp.

Speaking to the Evening Standard about his plans for the future, Overmars admitted he’s not yet spoken to Arsene Wenger about working together again but confirmed he believes the Arsenal board might already have earmarked him as a possible addition to the hierarchy.

“When you get older as a player, you work out what your qualities are for the future. I was quite fast to realise being a manager was not my job.

“The way I work with Ajax, I do the transfers, the contracts and organise the scouting, so it suits me. It wouldn’t surprise me if I work in the future at Arsenal — it could be a possibility.

“I’ve never discussed it with Arsene Wenger. But if the board think about the future and make a list of people to work at the club, it wouldn’t surprise me if I am on the list of people.

“However, at this moment, I want to stay at Ajax.”

Overmars joined the Gunners in 1997 and quickly established himself as a Highbury hero with his jinking runs and low right-foot drives helping the club to the Double in his first season.

Despite being the first of the Wenger era to quit N5 for the Camp Nou he never lost his popularity in North London like some of his predecessors. Indeed, whenever he has returned to the Emirates he’s always been greeted as a long lost son.

After yesterday’s news of Bergkamp’s statue at the Emirates, what price on us going double Dutch again?

Dick Law, get your coat champ.

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