Arsenal legend says it’s too soon for Vieira to be Gunners boss

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit thinks that Patrick Vieira will be a future Arsenal manager, but it is too soon for him to be considered to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.

Wenger has of course announced the end of his 22 year reign as Arsenal manager, and he will take charge of his final game in Sunday afternoon’s fixture against Huddersfield Town.

Since Wenger’s announcement, a lot of the attention has focused on who will replace the outgoing Frenchman, with former midfield destroyer and Gunners legend Patrick Vieira being just one of a whole plethora of names that have been linked.

But Petit, who formed a formidable midfield partnership with Vieira in the late 1990s, told RMC that he felt it was too early for him to take the job at the Emirates Stadium:

“For me, Allegri has done remarkable work at Juve with a budget far from that of the big European teams,” he said.

“Vieira could also be a solution, but I think it’s still premature.”

Vieira started his coaching career with Manchester City’s youth team, before moving to their sister team New York City FC.

Another man who has been linked with the Arsenal managerial job is former captain Mikel Arteta, who like Vieira, has also started his coaching career at Manchester City where he is currently working under Pep Guardiola.

However Petit is also doubtful that the Spaniard will be taking over at the Emirates this summer either: “I don’t see it. He’s very good next to Pep Guardiola on the bench at Manchester City.”

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