Vieira to replace Wenger at Arsenal? Just not yet

We should soon know for sure one way or the other if Arsene Wenger is going to be our manager again for next season. If he is though, it is looking increasingly as though it will be for one year instead of the two year contract that had been reported in the football media as being on the table.

The Frenchman may well fancy one more crack at getting it right and leading us back to the glory of being crowned Premier League champions but he must be aware that the Arsenal fans are losing patience and will surely be up in arms if we falter again next year.

It remains to be seen whether a successful season would see Arsene extend his stay further, but there is a good chance he may quit while ahead. I think that, assuming he does get another contract, one of the reasons the Arsenal board are willing to stick with the Frenchman is the need to find a suitable replacement and according to the former Gunner Paul Merson that person will be our old captain Patrick Vieira.

In a Sky Sports report Merson explains that the Frenchman who is currently managing New York City in the MLS would add some much needed grit and steel to balance the flair football we have under Wenger.

He said, “My instincts tell me he’s going to sign and he’s waiting for a big win and he’ll sign for another year.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays a year and then Patrick Vieira comes in.

“Yes. He’s learning his trade over at New York City, he’s been at Man City, and he brings a winning mentality, he won’t take any rubbish.

“Arsenal look too nice at the moment. I think that could happen and the fans would love that.

“The players don’t seem like they’re working that hard for the manager at the moment, which is sad.

“Whoever comes in it’s going to be a step-up – it’s a big, big football club but I don’t see a problem.

“He’s a legend, which gives you some leeway. I just think he’ll get his team playing the way he played the game, which is what they need at the moment.”

Do you think Merson might be right? Would you be happy with this arrangement?



  1. davidnz says:

    MLS is a joke league..
    Like to see him manage
    2-3 real football teams first.

  2. ArseOverTit says:

    Yeh give it another 15 contract extensions or til Wenger dies in the dugout and he and other candidates might get a chance.

  3. Uche Edochie says:

    What a period we are going through. It is unfortunate how many of our fans don’t realize that everything they love about Arsenal has everything to do with Arsene Wenger. Where will Arsenal be without Wenger when we do not have hundreds of millions to through at the best players? We will be no better than everton. Even back when we had dead woods like squillaci and Senderos, Wenger still managed to qualify for champions league again and again. He is the only one who could have done it that consistently with average players. The man has his faults. Lots of it. But we have really treated him like a piece of shit for some time now. His employers know his value and that is why they cannot let him go. Arsenal buys just two world class players in Sanchez and Ozil and we are horrified we are not winning the league. Meanwhile, Man U and Man City have lots of Ozils and Sanchezes and they will not win the league this year. Face up to it folks. We had 20 good years of riding our luck. We have played champions league for the last time, no matter who our manager is because we cannot compete inspite of the big sums we have dropped in buying ozil, sanchez, xhaka and mustafi. Man u is bidding for Neymar and Mabampe. That is the competition we have to deal with.

    1. khangunners says:

      Then yoy dont know arsenal fc. How can you say all good things are related to wenger this is absurd comments. Arsenal has a very rich history and i dont know why you pple rate ucl qualification as a success and we are hust participants in it not real challengers. Man u hve been poor past 4 years but dont be surprised if the challenge for ucl once more and we we still be competing and humbling out

  4. Break-on-through says:

    The team he has over there were not in good shape at all, they had former big names who thought the days of putting work in were over, early on they suffered their worst ever defeat I think. Vieira so I’m told got them playing the type of game he learned from Arsene and they worked hard. He eventually got them to a second place finish and into the playoffs. This is what I was told, I don’t pretend to know anything about American ahem football. I heard too that the training is the training he learned under Arsene.

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