Dennis Bergkamp
Bergkamp scored 120 career goals for Arsenal. [@bbc606]

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful Dennis Bergkamp will return to the Gunners in a coaching capacity in the near future after the club celebrated the Dutchman's 11 year career in north London by unveiling a statue outside the Emirates Stadium in his honour.

Bergkamp made 423 appearances from 1995-2006 and achieving hero status at the club, scoring 120 goals and claiming seven major honours including three league titles.

The 44 year old is now carving out a successful coaching career with Ajax as an assistant to manager Frank de Boer but Bergkamp has spoken of his desire to return to Arsenal behind the scenes.

And Wenger has reaffirmed the desire to one day bring Bergkamp to Arsenal, to following fellow club hero Steve Bould into a role with the club's backroom team.

"I am not against it one day [Bergkamp returning]," he said. "One, he has the qualities, but you need to have the need as well because we have a big staff already. He is now at two clubs that made Dennis Bergkamp.

"The first, and certainly the most important one, is Ajax. He is at Ajax now and a coach there. The second club that is important in his life is Arsenal. Maybe that will be the next step!

"He changed the destiny of the club because he arrived at a moment when football in England was changing. He was the first big star to arrive at this club, having been at Inter Milan. Overall I think he contributed to transforming the way we played football here.

"Nobody forgets him. Always the biggest admiration is from the players who played with him. Everyone admitted Dennis in our team.

"Even today, when I meet the former players they speak always about his class. He was class, intelligent and he had another quality that is a bit lost today: he was loyal to this club. He deserves special treatment."