Posted on June 12, 2018 by ADMIN

Have Arsenal slipped up by not appointing Vieira as coach?

Why not Vieira? by Dan Smith

The news that Patrick Vieira has joined Nice is an indicator that he probably would’ve been open to the idea of replacing Arsene Wenger. If Arteta was close to becoming our manager based on playing for the club and the reputation he has earned at Man City, then surely an ex captain who’s a much greater legend would’ve been on the shortlist.

For years we were told the Frenchmen was being groomed as a future City boss so clearly he is also thought of highly at the Ethiad. Reports indicated that he believed so much in the City set up that he was in no rush to leave America. Now that he has joined a mid table side In Ligue 1 will tell Gooners he was availiable if they really wanted him.

That leads to the conclusion that Ivan Gazidis simply did not believe the hype. Why he would take notice of Arteta’s development at City and not Vieira’s is uncertain. Of course at the last moment our board decided not to gamble and employ a man with more experience, all be it not a name that would’ve attracted other big clubs in the world.

Our transfer policy increasingly makes it look that our owners just wanted a yes man,someone who would accept our rivals spending 100 million more for the sake of getting a marquee job. Perhaps Vieira’s love for club meant that he would’ve demanded a chance of winning the trophies he did as a player. Even Arteta apparently questioned the 50 million spending kitty.

But if we have so little ambition, which surely Stan Kroenke has demonstrated one more time, this time without Arsene Wenger as a shield, surely it was worth at least making a romantic appointment. If five other millionares have loftier goals then at least you could’ve developed from within. The Arteta links means some powerful people were thinking along those lines. Have we just let another legend slip through our fingers.

Dan Smith

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17 thoughts on “Have Arsenal slipped up by not appointing Vieira as coach?

  1. drew

    Viera and After a don’t have the experience that Emery has so I am glad they didn’t choose either of them. sometimes being bias doesn’t help, like that Tony Adams
    comment on how England won’t go anywhere because if the Spud players in the team. that was just a stupid comment. how many world cups did England win with him, Campbell, Dixon, keown and seaman in the team? COYG but let’s be fair lol

  2. barryglik

    Viera is building an interesting
    coaching and managerial CV.
    2 years Football development
    officer at Man City.
    2 years reserve team and
    Elite Development manager at Man City.
    2 and a half years as manager of NYCFC.
    Now appointed Manager of Nice.
    This will be a significant guide as to whether Vieria
    is a genuine top flight manager or not.
    Good luck to him.

    1. tas

      I agree and that’s the path everyone has to take to become a manage of a top team that’s why i cannot understand people thinking TH becoming a manager straight from the sports studios

      if and when Viera makes a success of Nice within the clubs means and proves that his able to manage top players then i would welcome him with open arms in the future

  3. Ray

    Only time will tell but, Gazidis did say that Arsenal would be “brave and bold” in their decision when appointing a new manager..

    As it happened, they went safe with Uni Emery. I do think still Viera is one for the future for sure though. He’s still learning and growing as a coach and all that experience will be great in the future. He has Arsenal in the blood too!! For now, I think Uni Emery is the best man to “steady the ship”. If he can continue to get Arsenal back to the top, all the better!!

  4. ThirdManJW

    I cannot believe this would even be up for discussion! Even before Emery’s appointment, I cannot think of many fans that would have wanted Vieira in, but you cannot even begin to compare Vieira to Emery! Vieira has very little experience, and only in the MLS.

    Emery was probably the best manager we could get, given our currant situation, and he has no affiliations with Wenger/Arsenal, which means he can really put his own stamp on the club.

    I hope Vieira does well at Nice, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can do now he’ll be tested, because the MLS is only really amateur level.

  5. Ray

    Only time will tell but, Gazidis did say that Arsenal would be “brave and bold” in their decision when appointing a new manager..

    As it happened, they went safe with Uni Emery. I do think still Viera is one for the future for sure though. He’s still learning and growing as a coach and all that experience will be great in the future. He has Arsenal in the blood too!! For now, I think Uni Emery is the best man to “steady the ship”. If he can continue to get Arsenal back to the top, all the better!!

  6. Billy

    Off topic and before Kev reports it. Martins has had his contract terminated at Sporting Lisbon. Would be a great steal if we can get him.

    1. Ackshay

      Breaking news coming from kev intelligence agency !!!

      Gelson martins is a done deal and will be unveiled at 4pm some day in this transfer window perhaps. Apparently we are also negociating with william carvalho and bruno fernandes but bruno has canine cold so he cannot play in england without a heating mouthguard and william will only sign if he is given a parade. work in progress…

  7. Will

    Not sure how people think Vieira is a better option then Emery. Vieira is still untested at the highest level and has only managed in the MLS which lets face it is Mickey Mouse compared to the Europa and Premier League. Emery in comparison has had a ton of success both domestically and in Europe and from what I read about him seems to be exactly what we need at the minute.

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