The powerful Frenchman, unarguably Arsenal’s best defensive midfielder ever, spent nine years at the club ‘of his heart’ where he won a total of 11 trophies including three three Premier League titles.
However, Gunners legend Patrick Vieira, who led his New York City side to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference in 2016, taking the club to thier first ever MLS play-offs, is still disappointed the north London club did not offer him a coaching job after he left in 2005.
“It’s true that after spending nine years at Arsenal, it’s the club of my heart – the one where I played my best football – I would have liked if the door was more open to me or other players who spent time there and who would have wanted to learn their career as a coach,” the 40-year-old Frenchman told RMC.
“Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I was lucky to arrive at Manchester City at the right moment, but it’s true that it leaves a little disappointment with regards to Arsenal.
“I don’t think that [myself, Thierry Henry or others] have the ambition to claim the spotlight at Arsenal, because it’s not possible. Things must be done naturally.
“I don’t know the demands of everyone, but in my case I just expected a call to ask me if I would go and learn my craft at Arsenal – without taking the place of the U21 or U19 coach, because they are good at their job.”
Vieira left Arsenal after a trophy laden spell and spent time with Juventus and Milan in the Italian Serie A before returning to England to sign for Manchester City on a free transfer in 2010 where he eventually ended his career and joined the club’s coaching crew.
He was then offered the chance to coach City’s youth side before he sealed a move to become manager of the Etihad Stadium outifit’s sister club in America – New York FC.
Vieira can still get his dream job of coaching Arsenal if he can convince the club’s board as it’s looking likely Arsène Wenger won’t stay beyond his 20th year at the north London club.