‘Be our manager please’: Some Arsenal fans absolutely love what Vieira said right after the game
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'Be our manager please': Some Arsenal fans absolutely love what Vieira said right after the game

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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira received a warm welcome from Arsenal fans on his return to North London last night.

The legendary Frenchman is one of Arsenal and the Premier League’s greatest ever players. Every Arsenal supporter absolutely adores him, and even though he came to the Emirates and almost beat the Gunners yesterday, he was still applauded on his way out.

Vieira loved the reception from Gooners. He was asked about it in his post-match interview and the Eagles boss claimed that he loves Arsenal and will forever be a fan of the club – even though he’s managing a London rival.

Here’s what Vieira said…

Patrick Vieira: I’ll always be an Arsenal fan

He told Sky Sports: “I spent nine years here and we played some really good football at times. I was really lucky to be a part of a really good generation of players who wanted to play for the football club.

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“So, I’m always going to love this football club, the fans and I’ll always be an Arsenal fan, I would say.

“Saying that, I’m really blessed to be in a really good football club with a really good foundation that’s allowing me to coach a really good team. Crystal Palace is a really exciting football club. I’m surrounded by people who want to improve the club and I’m really enjoying myself there.”

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Can Vieira get the Arsenal job one day?

Back in 2018, after Arsene Wenger’s departure was announced, Arsenal interviewed a number of candidates for the managerial position.

Unai Emery impressed the most and got the job, but current boss Mikel Arteta and Vieira were interviewed as well. (David Ornstein on The Athletic podcast)

After Emery was shown the door, Arteta was approached again and he got the job. If the current Arsenal boss is sacked in the coming months or years, it really won’t be a surprise to see Edu turn to Vieira, who he knows very well thanks to their time together as teammates.

Vieira as Arsenal manager will be welcomed by most fans, especially after how well his Crystal Palace side fared at the Emirates yesterday.

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However, he seems happy at Palace for now and the Eagles will do everything in their power to retain his services. That should rule out an immediate return to Arsenal, but there’s a good chance he will be at the Emirates hot seat one day.

Arsenal fans react to Vieira’s comments

Arsenal fans have always loved Vieira and that love has only gone up after his latest comments. He will forever be a legend at the football club, and some fans want him to elevate that status by becoming a manager there one day as well.

Here’s how a few Arsenal supporters reacted to his comments after the game at the Emirates last night…

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