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Former Arsenal star Patrick Viera is reportedly “ready to manage Arsenal,” according to former team-mate Robert Pires.
Two former club captains in Mikel Arteta and Vieira, currently head coach at New York City in the MLS, are among the favourites for the role.
Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti both continue to also be linked with the vacant position.
Pires believes all of the names linked would fit at the Emirates, but suggests Vieira’s history at Arsenal and in the Premier League makes him the ideal candidate.
The Frenchman is a firm favourite with Gunners’ fans, having helped drive Wenger’s Invincibles team through their unbeaten 2003/2004 league season.
“I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta – why not? I think all of them could manage Arsenal,” Pires said on BT Sport.
“There’s maybe a small advantage for Allegri and Ancelotti as they both have a lot of experience in Italy, Germany and England.
“With Vieira – and this is only my opinion – yes. Not just because he’s my friend. Forget this.
“He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult.
“However, he has a very good profile to replace Arsene Wenger, because he knows football, he knows the Premier League and of course, he knows Arsenal.
“So that’s why I say – yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal.”
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