Arsenal are lining up Patrick Vieira to take over from Arsene Wenger, according to reports, making him the latest in the long list of names the media claim the club are considering.

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Patrick Vieira

The Daily Mail write that Vieira is ‘a serious contender’ to return to the club as manager. Wenger’s exit is far from certain, but with defeats to the likes of Newcastle, Brighton and Swansea now not even close to surprising, it’s surely only a matter of time.

The Europa League is the one thing that could swing the balance back in the manager’s favour, but it’s a bit of an ask.

Vieira himself is still managing MLS side New York City FC at the moment. His team are top of the table and unbeaten in the early part of the new season. The 41-year-old also has some experience of management in England, having taken charge of the Manchester City Reserves for a couple of years after his retirement from playing.

Of course, the main reason why a fair number of Arsenal fans get excited by links to Vieira is his success on the pitch with the club. As captain of the side, the former midfielder led the team through the invincible season. He won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields in London.

If he could bring anything like that kind of success back, he’d be a big success.

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