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Patrick Vieira claims he was disappointed by Arsenal’s refusal to offer him a managerial role at the club after his retirement as a footballer.
Vieira spent nine years as a player at Arsenal before moving to Juventus in 2005. After his retirement, the ex-midfielder didn’t hide his desire to enter into management but has now revealed he was hoping for the chance to work at Arsenal.
The opportunity at Arsenal never came and the French man was handed a role at Manchester City but he still feels disappointed that Wenger didn’t do anything to assist him get a role at the Emirates.
He told RMC, as quoted by Goal: “It’s true that after spending nine years at Arsenal, it’s the club of my heart – the one where I played my best football – I would have liked if the door was more open to me or other players who spent time there and who would have wanted to learn their career as a coach.
“Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I was lucky to arrive at Manchester City at the right moment, but it’s true that it leaves a little disappointment with regards to Arsenal.
“I don’t think that [myself, Thierry Henry or others] have the ambition to claim the spotlight at Arsenal, because it’s not possible. Things must be done naturally.
“I don’t know the demands of everyone, but in my case I just expected a call to ask me if I would go and learn my craft at Arsenal – without taking the place of the U21 or U19 coach, because they are good at their job.
“I’ve never spoken [with Wenger]. At the same time, he does want he wants.”
Vieira is not the only ex-Gunner that has been ignored by Wenger in the past, most recently Thierry Henry had to step down from his position as a youth team coach at Arsenal after talks with Wenger.
Some Gooners are of the opinion that it would have made much sense had our former players been involved in the running of the club just like Bayern Munich but Arsenal have been built to function in a different way.
Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for over two decades and has everyone at the club answerable to him, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that he opted to ignore the assistance of former players in favor of the people that has been loyal to him all these years.
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