It was reported yesterday that Arsenal legend Marc Overmars would love to one day return to the North London club and work under Arsene Wenger in a coaching role. Surely his inclusion into the staff can only benefit Arsenal players now, and in the future…right?
The 37-year-old played for the Gunners during the years of 1997-2000, where he managed to make a total of 142 appearances (in all competitions) and bagged a respectable 39 goals along the way. In his time at the North London club, the man dubbed ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and ‘The Roadrunner’ helped the Gunners lift one Premier League title and F.A Cup before signing for Spanish giants Barcelona.
Overmars spent four years at the Catalan club before announcing his retirement due to persistent knee problems. Following his retirement, the Dutchman went on to become the technical manager of the Go Ahead Eagles in 2008.
However, recently Overmars has expressed his love for Arsenal and claimed he would jump at the chance to coach at his ex-club:
“I spoke with Arsene Wenger at the training ground and the facilities there are beautiful. It’s emotional to walk around there – it’s a beautiful place.”
He finished off by saying:
“If they were to ask me to do something I would love to.”
I’m sure, and I hope that Wenger will act on the Dutchman’s plea in the near future, and grant Overmars his wish. In my opinion, to bring in a legend as a coach can only benefit the club and the current squad…especially those who play in his position today.
It’s clear to see that our current wingers can’t cross the ball accurately enough into the box, and are sometimes very reluctant to take on full-backs, which is also frustrating to watch at times. These players could gain so much knowledge from the former Arsenal number 11, as he was a master of both of these traits in his day. He would bring his own proficiency and his own unique style to the coaching staff, and will no doubt be welcomed with open arms by all members at the club. Simply put, Overmars could do a wonderful job as a coach at Arsenal football club, so get him in Wenger.
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