Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira wades into Unai Emery debate

Date published: Tuesday 12th November 2019 1:38 - Matthew Briggs

Patrick Vieira TEAMtalk

Patrick Vieira doubts that a change of manager at Arsenal will “fix the problems” at The Emirates.

Vieira, who played over 300 times in the Premier League for the Gunners, has spoken out about the current situation with Emery at Arsenal.

Many fans want the Spaniard to be axed in north London after a poor start to the season, but Emery remains defiant and Vieira, who is now in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice is not sure that is the answer.

“It’s true Arsenal are going through a tough spell,” the former midfielder said.

“But I haven’t watched all their matches, so I can’t talk about their game.

“They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it’s important to be united.

“I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell. We have to get behind him and give him time to change things.

“I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems.”



Vieira, 43, was understood to be in the running to replace Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018, before Emery was handed the Arsenal reins.

“I spent nine years at Arsenal, which makes the club really special for me,” he said at the time, while he was in charge of New York City.

And in fact Wenger recently labelled Vieira as a “future Arsenal manager”.

“I’m really privileged to have worked under Arsene and him saying that is really flattering,” said Vieira.

“If I manage Arsenal one day I will take him for dinner and I will pay the bill!”


Related Articles