Patrick Vieira has been quoted by French outlet Le 10 Sport as saying that it would be a “dream” to manage Arsenal one day, as he continues his sharpen his tools in the world of management at French side OGC Nice.
Arsenal legend Vieira, 43, spent nine years in north London, captaining the side during the Invincibles era and clocking up 406 appearances for the Gunners. He won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields.
He has since gone into management, winning 40 of his 90 games in charge of MLS side New York City. He then returned to his home country, where he has clocked up 50 matches as Nice manager – winning 20 times.
Vieira – who also won 106 caps for France and turned out for Juventus and Manchester City – was linked with Newcastle in the summer, but has stated that it would be a dream to manage either Arsenal or the France national team.
“Is it my dream to coach Arsenal of France? Yes, like any player, when we do this job we went to reach the highest level,” Vieira said. “I do this job to one day coach a team that participates in the Champions League.”
TBR’s view – Would Vieira be a solid replacement for Unai Emery?
Vieira now has plenty of experience as a manager under his belt, and at a decent level too with Nice. Chelsea have proved, by hiring Frank Lampard, that appointing a club legend can work to their advantage.
With the pressure mounting on Emery, failure to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season could see the Spaniard sacked. If Emery does leave his post at The Emirates, surely Vieira would be one of the favourites to replace him.