When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal back in 1996, he had already requested the signing of the French international midfielder Patrick Vieira from AC MIlan. That would turn out to be one of the most successful transfers ever, as Vieira was an integral part of the Gunners for the next nine seasons, the most successful period in Arsenal history. The 36-year old could soon be re-united with his mentor, apparently, as Wenger has spoken to him about the job of replacing Liam Brady as Head of Youth Development and Academy Director, reports the Daily Mail.
Another former Gunner, Dennis Bergkamp, was being talked about for the role last week, but I think that Vieira is the better choice. The Senegal born Frenchman does not seem to be interested in a management career, but more of a development role. He is currently the Football Development Executive at Manchester City, but his job involves a lot of meeting and greeting, whereas he would be much more hands on at Arsenal.
Vieira and Wenger have kept in close contact since he left the club for Juventus in 2005, and he will hopefully jump at the chance to work with Le Prof again. He was always a leader on the pitch and an inspiration to the players around him, qualities which would it would be great to bring to the Arsenal academy. As captain of the invincibles team, and winner of three league titles and four FA cups, he would command respect from everyone around him, while knowing what it takes to be a winner.