The former captain, who this week had his statue unveiled outside the Emirates, says that he would love to rejoin the Gunners one day after a spell managing in Azerbaijan
The former England international is looking for a return to coaching after departing the Azerbaijan Premier League side in November and is targeting a return to Europe.
“Coaching is what I love. But back in England? There is only one club I would want to go back to and be No.1 or even on the backroom staff – and that is Arsenal,” he told Mirror Football.
“If Arsene Wenger wanted me to join in some capacity, that would interest me a lot.
“I enjoyed my time as coach at Portsmouth when we won the FA Cup. Now what appeals is working in Scandinavia or Belgium or Holland. Or even at somewhere like Dinamo Zagreb. An established club not doing so well. That would appeal.”
The 45-year-old recently had a statue of himself unveiled by Arsenal outside of the Emirates as part of the club’s 125-year celebrations and was understandably delighted.
He added: “I cannot tell you how good that makes me feel. I feel very humble, very proud to have something like that in my honour.”
The Englishman spent his entire playing career at Arsenal and had been managing Gabala FC in Azerbaijan for the past 18 months until his resignation.
He continued: “It was all getting too much. I was doing the whole lot from arranging to have the training pitches marked out to sorting out the showers.
“The coaching that I love doing, well that was just one of a number of things. Then there was the three-hour drive to Gabala from Baku every day. My family love Baku but the drive was just taking too much out of me. I had to hand over the coaching responsibilities.”
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