Saturday 23 March 2019

Wenger backs Vieira as boss

Arsene Wenger and Patrick Vieira
Arsene Wenger and Patrick Vieira

Arsenal Wenger believes club legend Patrick Vieira has the potential to manage Arsenal in the future.

Reports yesterday claimed the 41-year-old New York City boss has been lined up to replace Wenger should he depart the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Vieira enjoyed a glittering nine-year stint at Arsenal during the peak of his career, lifting three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, as well as captaining Wenger's side throughout their unbeaten 'Invincibles' season of 2003/04.

He returned to England after a successful spell in Serie A to see out his playing days at Manchester City, before taking a youth-team coaching role with the club. That led in 2016 to him being appointed as manager of another of City Football Group's clubs, Major League Soccer franchise New York City.

Wenger said: "He's a guy who has the potential one day, yes. He works in the moment in New York and he works for Man City. I've followed his managerial career. I think he does very well."

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