Patrick Vieira Is One Of The Leading Contenders To Replace Arsene Wenger
Patrick Vieira is one of the leading contenders to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
In a rather unexpected announcement this morning, Arsenal have confirmed that after 22 years of service, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, the Frenchman is to step down at the end of the season.
Who is being lined up to replace the Premier League's longest-serving manager? Arsenal say they will make an appointment "as soon as possible" - and it's being reported that Vieira, Wenger's former captain, is in the frame.
The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that the World Cup winner is "under consideration" by the Gunners.
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After calling time on his glittering playing career, which ended with an FA Cup victory with Manchester City, Vieira took on a role within the club's youth development and later made the step-up the club's EDS (reserve) manager.
The 41-year would then take his first first-team management job in January 2016 after being appointed manager of New York City, City's sister club in the "Big Apple".
Vieira led the team to a second-placed finish in the Eastern Conference in the 2016/17 campaign, before the side were defeated by league leaders Toronto FC in the play-off semi-finals.
NYCFC currently top the 2018 Eastern Conference table this season, having picked up five wins and two draws from their seven games.
Vieira, capped 107 times by France, was interviewed by Newcastle for the vacant manager's job prior to his arrival in the United States but a return to Arsenal as manager could well on the cards.
And Wenger has given his backing to the man who was so influential in his glory days in North London.
"He works in the moment in New York and he works for Man City," he said, as per the Daily Mail.
"He's a guy who has the potential one day, yes. I've followed his managerial career. I think he does very well."
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