Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp says he feels that his former club should be doing better and it hurts to see their current predicament.
The Gunners have gone three years without Champions League football and lost last year’s Europa League final 4-1 to Chelsea.
Unai Emery has steadied the ship since taking charge from Arsene Wenger but Arsenal are way off challenging for the Premier League.
And Bergkamp says it pains him to see the club that he scored over 100 goals for struggling to compete for silverware.
“It (Arsenal) is different, of course, from what I was used to with all the English players and a few foreign players,” the Dutchman told former team-mate Ian Wright.
“It’s now probably turned the other way around. Sometimes it’s good, but a lot of times, you don’t really feel that it’s the Arsenal how we know it, with the passion and a few players who make the difference.
“It’s different. It’s difficult to say if it’s better or worse, well better, of course, is always shown in trophies, which aren’t there at the moment.
“On one hand, there are so many clubs who have improved so quickly to a high level, whereas Arsenal, maybe improved, but not to that level.
“It’s hard, it’s difficult, it hurts sometimes because you feel about Arsenal that they should do better, but I’m still hoping.”
Speaking ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland, Koeman, who was also in charge of Southampton between 2014-16, told reporters: “I don’t know how close that is.
“I’m in the background, let me put it like that. I’m an advisor. If they want it I’m available for advice but I’m not the one who is going to invest, I’m not the one to decide how the process will continue.
“They have the dream to buy a club and they’re working on that but I’m not directly involved and I didn’t want that.
“I’ve been asked if they want some advice and if they think I can provide them with good advice I’m available. But I’m not really the one to talk about that a lot.”