Patrick Vieira has reportedly emerged as a serious contender for the Arsenal job, if Arsene Wenger leaves his post at the end of the season.

By 90Min
April 19, 2018

Patrick Vieira has reportedly emerged as a serious contender for the Arsenal job, if Arsene Wenger leaves his post at the end of the season.

The club legend, who currently manages Manchester City's sister side New York City FC in MLS, has been linked with the potential vacancy in a Daily Mail report in Thursday's media.

Arsenal are thought to be weighing up whether to replace veteran boss Wenger in the summer as fans call for his removal after yet another poor season by the Gunners' standards, and Vieira could be the man to step into the breach after other targets seemingly fell by the wayside.

Arsenal find themselves sitting in sixth position in the Premier League, are on course to miss out on the riches of the Champions League for the second successive season and only have the Europa League as a potential trophy triumph and back door route into UEFA's flagship club tournament.

Coupled with some embarrassing losses during the past year, and Arsenal supporters have once again voiced their displeasure at the direction that Wenger is taking the north Londoners in.

That has led to plenty of speculation about who may replace Wenger in the Emirates dugout if he is let go or opts to stand down, with Juventus boss Max Allegri and former Borussia Dortmund gaffer Thomas Tuchel heavily linked.

However, with the pair possibly not able to take up the reins due to accepting jobs elsewhere, Vieira has been touted as a contender for the position.

His appointment would likely be greeted with a mixture of fanfare and quiet trepidation by many, with plenty of fans happy to see the former Arsenal star return but also be unsure if he has the capability to manage at the highest level just yet.

The 41-year-old has spent the past four seasons honing his trade with City's youth squad in Manchester and heading up NYCFC, and his arrival back in the English capital could be something worth pursuing if other managerial options decline to take over.

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