Patrick Vieira says he would not “ignore” a call from Arsenal as the north London giants look for a full-time successor to Unai Emery.
The Gunners’ former midfielder was linked with the Arsenal job before Emery was appointed in the summer of 2018, but he was appointed Nice manager after leaving New York City.
The 43-year-old is still with the Ligue One side and guided them to a seventh-place finish last season and reports of him being a target again have resurfaced.
Last weekend Vieira said that he has “nothing to say” in response to calls from some for him to take over as the role, but his comments this weekend were more encouraging.
“You can never ignore a club where you’ve spent nine years,” Vieira told Canal Plus.
“But, honestly, I’m focused on this project at Nice, I feel very good here. It’s a very exciting project. I’ve always said that I’m very happy in Nice. We’re all working to move the club forward and there is potential.”
The Metro claim technical director Edu is pushing for the hiring of Vieira, but the Frenchman himself is under pressure in the south of France with Nice 13th in the French league.
The report also claims Vieira has told friends he would be keen on coaching Arsenal and returning to England to continue his four-year coaching career.
Vieira, who played over 300 times in the Premier League for the Gunners, said: “It’s true Arsenal are going through a tough spell.
“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.”
And Vieira has proved correct with interim boss Freddie Ljungberg yet to taste victory after a draw with Norwich and a defeat at home to Brighton ahead of Monday’s clash at West Ham.