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Bergkamp fancies Arsenal chances

Dennis Bergkamp believes Arsenal's title prospects look "really good" and has likened the current side to some of the great teams he played in.

The former Highbury hero spent 11 years at the club and left shortly before the move to the Emirates Stadium.

He won three Premier League titles and the FA Cup on four occasions, but Arsenal have not landed a trophy since his days pulling the strings in north London.

Dutchman Bergkamp has been coaching at his first club, Ajax, for several years but is playing close attention to Arsenal this season, with Arsene Wenger's team top of the table after seven rounds of games.

"I see a lot of freshness in the team," Bergkamp said. "I see a lot of things similar to my time at Arsenal.

"I see a lot of movement in the team, a lot of commitment.

"They know what they want to do and they know how they want to go forward."

Asked if they could win the Premier League, Bergkamp said: "From this start, it looks really good.

"It's enjoyable to watch but it's effective as well."

Bergkamp reiterated a view he has stated previously: that he has no plans to enter management.

"I don't see myself as a head coach. I don't see myself as a manager," he told Sky Sports News.

"I see myself as part of a coaching staff, how I was part of a team.

"I think I can drop back and let others take the lead and just let me be part of that coaching staff and I'll be happy."

He has made no secret of wishing for a return to Arsenal, but it could be several years away.

"I'm settled in Holland," Bergkamp said. "I'm settled at Ajax at the moment.

"We've started something that's by far not finished yet so I'm looking forward to staying here for at least a few years, but I have to admit in the future I would love to work in England again and preferably at Arsenal of course."

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