Monday 17 December 2018

Patrick Vieira disappointed by 'token gesture' as Arsenal continue search for Wenger replacement

Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira

Sam Roberts

Arsenal have contacted Patrick Vieira regarding the vacant managerial position at the club, but the former Arsenal captain is disappointed by what he describes as a 'token gesture', according to reports.

The former France international, who spent nine seasons with Arsenal as a player, is one of the candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

However, Sky Sports are reporting that he feels an approach from the Gunners is just a 'token gesture' before the fill the position.

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is believed to be the strong favourite to replace Wenger, after the Frenchman ended his 22-year tenure at the club this season.

Vieira ended his playing career in 2011, immediately taking up a role in youth development with Manchester City. He later managed the club's reserve side, a position he held for two seasons.

Since 2016 Vieira has been head coach of Major League Soccer side New York City FC, who currently lie fourth in the overall league standings.

Another former Arsenal player, Arteta ended his playing career only two seasons ago, immediately moving into management as an assistant under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, winning the league title this season in spectacular fashion.

It will be Arsenal's first new manager since 1996, Arsene Wenger's time at the club coming to an end with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield last weekend.

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