Vieira linked with taking over at Arsenal


Patrick Vieira heading to Crystal Palace as coach

Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira, Ex-Arsenal midfielder and captain and coach of French Ligue 1 team Nice, is one of the persons being speculated to take over the Arsenal gaffer’s role full time.

Unai Emery was sacked as Arsenal head coach on Friday amid a seven-match winless run for the Premier League club.

But the former French international played down the speculations, as he labelled the Arsenal job a “very complicated job”.

“There are things I don’t control, people who say a lot of stuff, which is true or not true,” he told a news conference after Nice’s 3-1 Ligue 1 win over Angers on Saturday.

“I didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything about that. I’m like you, I read, I look, I hear things, and that’s it.”

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Vieira, whose Nice side are 11th in Ligue 1, said the position at Arsenal will be a tough one for Emery’s successor.

“It’s a very complicated job, I realise that,” he said. “I support Emery, it’s always sad to see a coach losing his job.

“Today it’s him, tomorrow it might be me, but as soon as you decide to start in this job, you have to expect to be fired at some point.”

Vieira spent nine seasons at Arsenal as a player, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

His former team-mate, Freddie Ljungberg, is the interim coach of Arsenal, who visit Norwich City on Sunday.

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