By Andrew Thompson

Fianl Update: October 22, 2021 8:55 pm

Van der Vaart backs Overmars to replace Edu
Former Tottenham midfielder and Dutch icon Rafael van der Vaart has endorsed current Ajax Amsterdam football director Marc Overmars to replace Edu Gaspar at Arsenal.

According to Football.London, the former Ajax Amsterdam youth academy player and 109-time Dutch international, once compared to Johan Cruijff’s claims that Overmars would prefer to move to Arsenal despite ties to newly acquired Newcastle.

In an interview with Dutch media De Telegraaf, Van der Vaart endorsed Overmars to succeed given his record at Ajax;

“He’s doing so well, everyone wants him. I think it’s great what they’ve been doing for years with Edwin van der Sar (Ajax CEO). I’m not surprised (Newcastle want it).

It might be a good challenge at Newcastle United, but I think I’d rather go to Arsenal. It has more connection there. I don’t think I’m going to (join Newcastle). “

Overmars has certainly made a mark on Ajax in his current role as football director having been with the club from 1992 to 1997 before heading to North London where he helped change football in England during his time with Arsenal. .

During his time in the Ajax hierarchy, Overmars has been in charge of bringing in players like Daley Sinkgraven, Arkadiusz Milik, Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Davinson Sánchez, Dusan Tadic, Edson Álvarez, Lisandro Martínez, Mohammed Kudus, Antony, Sébastien Haller. and Mohamed Daramy.

Winger he defined an era at Arsenal
Marc Overmars continues to be fondly remembered in north London among Arsenal faithful after the Dutchman helped Arsène Wenger build his empire north of the Thames in the mid-1990s.

Arsenal cult hero backed to forgo Newcastle move and replace Edu

November 7, 1999 – Arsenal’s Marc Overmars faces Tottenham Hotspur’s Stephen Clemence in the FA Carling Premiership match at White Hart Lane in London. The Spurs won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey / Allsport

Arriving at the club in 1997 after helping Ajax to seven major honors, including their famous Champions League win against AC Milan, Overmars began racing for Arsenal and was a key piece of the puzzle in the first victory of Wenger in the league at the club during the 1997-98 Premier League season.

He would only spend two more seasons at Highbury before moving to Barcelona to join the strong Dutch presence at the Camp Nou, but his pace, technical skill and ability to terrorize rival defenders on the flanks made him one of the best wingers in England during his brief stint at Arsenal.

Although his track record at Ajax with regards to squad-building is impressive, managing affairs at Arsenal is another animal entirely, as the Gunners are not the dominant force in the league. But a second spell at Arsenal could perhaps be even more influential this time.

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