Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has been identified as the ideal man to step in at the club when Arsene Wenger retires.
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The Sunday Supplement panel discussed the possibility on Sky Sports, as it was in reference to reports this week that the Gunners were considering the option of trying to entice the Frenchman back to the club in order to appoint him as their next coach, as reported by The Mirror.
The 39-year-old played in 406 games for the Gunners in a nine year spell between 1996 and 2005, and is currently in charge of Manchester City’s Under-21 Elite Development Squad.
While he also has other responsibilities with regards to the youth structure at the club, it is fair to suggest that he may well struggle to land the top job at the Etihad given the club’s continued search for immediate success.
As a result, that would possibility open the door to the World Cup winner considering his options away from Manchester, and in turn that has led to speculation about his return to north London.
Wenger is currently tied to the club until June 2017, and although there is still time for the French tactician to consider another extension, the Gunners could be well placed to bring in Vieira now to allow him to learn under his former manager.
Nevertheless, his current job fits well with the club’s philosophy of bringing through young talent, and that would suggest that Vieira will be well placed to continue with that ethos in the post-Wenger era if he is indeed offered the job at the Emirates.
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