Arsenal handed ‘second chance’ to bring back Marc Overmars behind the scenes

Arsenal could be handed the chance to bring Marc Overmars to the Emirates, with their former player on the way out from Ajax.

The former Netherlands international spent three seasons with the Gunners during his playing days, helping the club to an historic domestic double in his first campaign.

Arsene Wenger brought Overmars to North London in 1997, signing him from Dutch giants Ajax.

Since 2012, the 47-year-old has been back with his old club, serving as the director of football in Amsterdam.

However, reports from Holland are now suggesting he is on the brink of leaving the club, with De Telegraaf (via Sports Witness) telling fans to ‘seriously consider’ the fact he could leave in a matter of months.

It is claimed that the former winger has an ambitious career plan, with both Arsenal and Barcelona expressing interest in the past.

The report suggests that his decision to leave Ajax could be a strategic decision with Barca set for their presidential elections in the new year.

Arsenal currently have a sporting director in place, but Edu is facing criticism with the Gunners languishing in the bottom half of the table.

The acquisition of Willian on a three-year contract is one that has drawn ire from many fans, with the ex-Chelsea star appearing well past his best.

Overmars on the other hand has developed an impressive reputation for discovering talent during his time with Ajax, helping them to the Champions League semi final just two seasons ago.

Arsenal are still yet to replace Huss Fahmy, the former chief contract negotiator quit his role back in October as part of the ongoing restructuring process.

At the time, it was claimed that Arsenal would replace Fahmy with a ‘football operations executive’, although no such appointment has yet been made.

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As well as being part of the off-the-field restructure, Edu has been forced to address issues on it, backing manager Mikel Arteta, despite the team already trailing the top-four by ten points.

He said: “I can see a big, big, big and beautiful future. It’s very strange to say that in this moment, but I have to be fair – that’s the way I see the photo. And I always believed, and knew, it’d be a big challenge.

“We have to be patient. I know asking for patience for Arsenal is very strange because everyone has said that for long, long periods.

“But I’m here today to give to you guys the word that everything is fine internally but the results aren’t coming, but I think we’re going to change it very soon.”

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