Who would like to see Patrick Vieira as Arsenal coach?

Wenger backs Vieira to be the Arsenal coach – but not now

Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Patrick Vieira being a future Arsenal coach and has given a sound argument why he would be perfect for the role.

It must be noted in advance that Wenger is talking about the future, not now, he is in no way undermining Unai Emery, he is simply pointing out that Vieira is doing all the right things in how he is constructing his career with intelligence and patience.

“I see him as the Arsenal coach one day because I think he is too young to go directly into international football, ” Wenger said

“I think his life will go through club football. He has constructed his career intelligently and patiently.

“He left when he was young, he went to New York, he is now in Nice 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.”

I am in total agreement with Wenger in his assessment of Vieira and any analysis of his career path to date will confirm that the 42-year-old is ticking all the right boxes, he is taking it step by step not jumping into a high profile club straight away but educating himself at each level.

I would have liked to see Vieira in some sort of coaching role at the Emirates but that ship has sailed, it is difficult to see him taking a backward step from management to an assistant position.

Hopefully we will not see Vieira at Arsenal for quite a few years because we all must want Emery to succeed and build a dynasty as Wenger himself did in the early years, however, if and when the time does arrive that we need a new manager I for one would be happy to see Patrick take that role on.


  1. ThirdManJW says:

    Vieira is doing what Henry should have done. Both the clubs he has managed were not big, and have fairly low ambitions. So it’s a lot less pressure, meaning Vieira has been given time to really learn his trade, and hone his skills. Whereas Henry went big on his very first job. He took over a highly pressured, difficult situation at Monaco where he had to deliver results immediately. Sadly he flopped, although it was probably to expected given his lack of experience, and the circumstances.

    If either of them become quality managers, then I’d love them managing Arsenal some day. Vieira looks the most likely given what we’re seeing at the moment. I just hope they get the Arsenal job on merit, and not for sentimental reasons.

  2. Sue says:

    No green kit tonight ?

  3. kev says:

    Viera is doing well with Nice and it would be good to see a former player one day take over the role of coach.One other forner player I would like to single out is Ljungberg who is making our U23’s play very good football and even though we can’t really judge much due to the fact that the demands in U23 football and senior level football being different, it’s clear to see that there is a good chance that he become a really good coach for us.He would also likely know the youngsters better and will bring in only those who are good enough.I just hope he keeps imroving our players and I can say for a fact that our U23’s team is in good hands.I wish him the best and hopes he can go on and become Arsenal coach.

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  4. things are changing says:

    I am a big believer in changing managers often. In fact, the model of old where the Wengers and SAFs were in sole charge for eons doesn’t work today.

    For me, a manager should get a 3-5 year window to manage a top team. Put a manager in charge for more than 5 years and you risk his message getting stale and you risk both manager and players getting a bit too comfortable.

    This would mean that 3-5 years from now, depending on Vieira’s track record and Arsenal’s standing, he could be considered for the Arsenal job.

    1. ken1945 says:

      things are changing, really enjoyed your toughts and explanations as to why you think that way. I couldn’t agree more.

      As for Patrick, how well he has gone about his learning of the art of management.
      So different from the likes of Shearer, Neville, Keane, Henry etc.

      Another name that springs to mind is the great DB, lately of Ajax.
      What a combination those two would bring to the club, along with Ljungberg and Pires as part of the backroom staff.

      Let’s enjoy (hopefully) the five years of success under UE first, then welcome back the man from Senegal and DB, along with places as Ambassadors for the club for Thierry Henry and Arsene Wenger.

  5. Goona says:

    No……….Not yet anyway

  6. Diogenes says:

    No, no, no.
    Vieira has proven to be the most defensive-minded coach in all of Ligue 1.

    Nice have scored 23 (!!!) goals in 33 games this year. Which is the worst record in the ligue. 20th out of 20. Even the bottom three have scored 27, 25, 24 goals respectively.

    I seriously doubt it he would ever become good enough for Arsenal. Better than Henry, sure. But Arteta if he goes into head manager waters, will likely play a more Arsenal way football, even if he’s not a legend like Patrick…

  7. Aussie Jack says:

    ME,,,,,,ME….ME !

  8. Aussie Jack says:

    On second thoughts Kroenke would have to leave before any consideration should be given to appointing a manager. It just wouldn`t be fair to the man.

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