Former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira has played down the likelihood of replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates after the veteran coach announced he will leave the club. Wenger shocked the football world on Friday when he confirmed that the 2017/18 campaign would be his final season in charge of Arsenal after a 22-year stay at the north London side. A host of names have already been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant post, from Juventus coach Max Allegri to former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
Another name in the mix is Vieira, who is currently in charge of MLS side New York City FC, but the 41-year-old has suggested he does not yet have the pedigree to manage Arsenal. ‘I spent nine years at Arsenal which makes the club really special for me,’ he told New York radio station WNYE.
‘But that is not enough to coach the team.’ He continued: ‘I am always flattered to hear my name linked with different football clubs. That is good for your ego but at the same time, I am happy here.
‘We will see what will happen in the next couple of years.’ Vieira arrived at Arsenal in 1996, just like Wenger, and went on to captain the side as he made 371 appearances for the club, winning the double twice and anchoring the midfield in the famous ‘Invincibles’ side.