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    Arsenal make contact with Patrick Vieira over manager’s role/Vieira left ‘disappointed’


    According to Sky Sports, Arsenal made contact with Patrick Vieira regarding the managerial position at the club over the last 24 hours.

    Farewell

    As has been the talk of world football over the last couple of weeks, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed on the 20th of April that he is set to bring his 22-year spell in charge of the capital outfit to an end this summer:

    Candidates

    Following on from the flood of tributes from players, managers and pundits alike, thanking Wenger for what he has done for the game and wishing him well with his future endeavours, the other big story in the English media has surrounded who could be set to replace the Frenchman in North London this summer.

    The likes of Brendan Rodgers, Carlo Ancelotti, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Thomas Tuchel, Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique and Max Allegri have all been touted as potential arrivals at the Emirates, with previous favourite Allegri having seemingly ruled himself out of the running for the job on Sunday night, after Juventus secured their 7th-straight Scudetto title and 4th-straight domestic double with a 0-0 draw at Roma.

    ‘If they don’t fire me, I see myself as staying at Juventus next year too‘, the Italian tactician explained during his post-match press conference.

    ‘Disappointed’

    As such, Mikel Arteta has since been named by most outlets as the favourite to take over from Wenger at the Emirates, though a report from Sky Sports last night added another tactician, in the form of Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, to the ‘frontrunner’ list.

    And a further update from Sky this evening has since revealed that former Gunners’ midfielder Patrick Vieira was the latest manager to be contacted by the club over the last 24 hours to discuss the position.

    Vieira, 41, previously spent time coaching Manchester City’s reserves, and has been the first-team boss of MLS outfit New York City FC since 2016.

    Arsenal are said to have been impressed by the progress of the American outfit under Vieira over the last two years, with the status of the 107-time capped French international at the club having added weight to the links between he and the vacant hotseat at the Emirates.

    However, while the North Londoners made contact with Vieira, the Frenchman is said to have been left ‘disappointed’ by the exchange, with Arsenal having seemingly only discussed the position with their former midfielder as a ‘token gesture’:

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