Sunday 24 March 2019

Vieira coy on Arsenal

Vieira: Linked to Arsenal job
Vieira: Linked to Arsenal job

Patrick Vieira has refused to be drawn on the speculation surrounding him replacing Arsene Wenger as the next manager of Arsenal.

The club's former captain is currently in charge of New York City, a sister club of Manchester City, and is viewed within the organisation as the long-term successor to Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.

However, the day before Wenger's departure was announced, the Frenchman suggested that his former midfielder would be an option to succeed him at the Emirates. It was reported last week that Luis Enrique had held informal talks with Arsenal but Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is another option - although he suggested over the weekend he would stay at Parkhead.

Vieira, who won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners under Wenger, has echoed Rodgers' stance by refusing to talk about the role at the Emirates.

"I just want to talk about the game, I don't want to talk about nothing else," he said following the 3-0 defeat to Portland Timbers on Sunday.

"I don't have any comment to make. I just want to talk about the game and nothing else."

New York City are currently top of the MLS Eastern Conference and manager Vieira says he needs to remain on top of the task in hand.

"What is important for me is to focus and concentrate about what I'm doing at the moment," Vieira added.

Viera joined Arsenal from AC Milan in 1996 and went on to make 297 appearances for the club over a nine-year period.

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