Arsene Wenger says he can see Patrick Vieira as a future Arsenal manager.
Vieira, 42, has led Nice to eighth place in Ligue 1. The former Arsenal midfielder and club captain was not invited by Wenger to return to the club so started his coaching career at Manchester City before taking charge of New York City FC
Now Arsene Wenger has expressed faith in his compatriot to succeed with the Gunners after guiding Nice to eighth place this season.
“I see him as the Arsenal coach one day because he is too young to go directly into international football,” Wenger told The Times.
“His life will go through club football. He has constructed his career intelligently and patiently. He left when he was young, and he has taken time to mature and learn his profession. And something you can’t give; he has a natural charisma, he is both elegant and authoritative.
“He has passed through a difficult time at Nice but he showed no signs of weakness. It is in times of crisis you see the coach. You look at the number of points and it is exceptional.”
Wenger remains out of work after leaving Arsenal at the end of the 2017-2018 season, despite assurances, he would make a swift return to the game.
He has been considered for a technical role at FIFA, but the 69-year-old recently admitted his health suffered during his final years at the Emirates.