Pep Guardiola believes Patrick Vieira has the aptitude to step in as Arsene Wenger’s successor at Arsenal.
Vieira captained Arsenal throughout their golden interval underneath Wenger initially of this century, together with his powerhouse midfield performances on the coronary heart of their celebrated 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’.
The previous France worldwide went on to stints at Juventus and Inter earlier than ending his enjoying profession at Metropolis.
He has stayed on the Etihad Stadium payroll, first as Elite Improvement Squad supervisor and now as head coach of New York Metropolis, who function underneath the Metropolis Soccer Group umbrella.
The 41-year-old has been namechecked amongst a number of candidates to step into Wenger’s sneakers after the long-serving Gunners boss introduced he would step down on the finish of the season on Friday.
And Guardiola feels he has seen sufficient throughout his two years at Metropolis to counsel Vieira is as much as the problem.
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“In fact, he already is,” the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach replied when requested whether or not Vieira can develop into a “high supervisor”.
“Now, with what occurred [Wenger’s announcement] there may be numerous names there.
“Arsenal goes to take the very best choice for them. However, in fact, he’s prepared.
“I believe all of the names which might be going to begin to go – this identify or this identify or the opposite one – all of them, they’re prepared.”
Vieira himself was not as desirous to push his personal credentials when the prospect of succeeding his previous boss was put to him by New York radio station WNYE.
“I spent 9 years at Arsenal, which makes the membership actually particular for me,” he mentioned.
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“However that’s not sufficient to educate the staff.
“I’m all the time flattered to listen to my identify linked with totally different soccer golf equipment. That’s good in your ego however on the identical time, I’m comfortable right here.
“We are going to see what’s going to occur within the subsequent couple of years.”
Talking a day earlier than he known as time on his 22-year reign, Wenger was extra of Guardiola’s opinion.
“He’s a man who has the potential in the future, sure,” he instructed reporters on Thursday.
“I’ve adopted his managerial profession. I believe he does very properly however general, this Premier League is particular.
“You must are available in and there are many former gamers who performed right here who’ve potential, the intelligence and data to do it.”