Parlour tips Viera to become next Arsenal manager


Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has tipped his former teammate Patrick Vieira to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in the near future

Both Vieira and Parlour played together at Arsenal’s old ground at Highbury under Arsene Wenger between 1996 and 2004. The duo were part of the famous “invincibles” that went the entire 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten on their way to the league crown.

Following Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday Carabao Cup final, there have been many calls from media and fans alike urging the Arsenal board to part with Wenger at the end of the season with the club looking set to miss out on qualification for the Champions League for a second consecutive season.

Parlour believes that the club must now make plans behind the scenes at the Emirates and suggested that brining in Vieira instead of the likes of Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti may well be a gamble worth taking.

Parlour told Sky Sports: “The club need a plan behind the scenes now.

“They may decide to go with an inexperienced person like Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry.

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“Or do we want to go with someone who has Champions League experience like Diego Simeone?

“Obviously then there’s Carlo Ancelotti, who has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world.

“But the one I would take a gamble on, and I think he’d be given time, is Patrick Vieira.

“He’s managed in New York. He knows the club very well and he knows the history of the club.

“I think he could attract big players and I think the fans would give him a chance as well.”

After retiring with one more FA Cup winners medal with City back in 2011, Vieira officially retired as a footballer and moved into coaching at the club. The Frenchman spent a spell coaching at City’s youth academy, before securing his first managerial post with MLS side New York City in 2015. Vieira has impressed while at New York and has only suffered 24 defeats in a total of 74 games.


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