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Ian Wright thinks Premier League manager will harbour ambitions to take over at Arsenal in the future

Ian Wright has told the Kelly & Wrighty Show that he thinks Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira will be harbour ambitions to take over at Arsenal.

Vieira, 45, has made an excellent start to life as Palace gaffer – having joined the Eagles as Roy Hodgson’s replacement. He had previously managed Nice.

Spells in the Manchester City academy, and then New York City in the MLS came before Nice. It was enough to convince Palace over Vieira.

Nine games in, he has only won once – a 3-0 win over Spurs. But the style has improved. But for a couple of late goals, they would have three wins.

Neal Maupay scored with the final kick for Brighton to draw 1-1, as did Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal – in Vieira’s return to the Emirates.


But given Palace letting more than 10 players go, and spending big to replace them, Vieira has got his side playing well. Wright was full of praise.

The Arsenal icon reckons Vieira will have ambitions, deep down, to eventually take the job at Arsenal – returning to the club as manager.

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“I was worried for Patrick, you want him to do well,” Wright said. “With everything that was happening at Palace, that was a big old job.

“But he has done it, at a canter. There’s no way somewhere deep down in Patrick he’s not thinking about Arsenal, and then eventually, France.”

Wright on Vieira: Could Palace boss eventually take over at Arsenal?

Without a doubt. Arteta lost his first three league games and there were fans calling for his head. He could easily be linked with the exit door again.

But if Arsenal were to replace Arteta at some point, then they would need a manager that could continue the project the Spanish gaffer has started.

One that fits a similar mould. Vieira, with similar attacking philosophies, would be ideal. He has a similar approach in the transfer market, too.

The difference is, is that while Arteta is well-liked among Arsenal fans – Vieira is one of the club’s biggest historical players.

A captain, a leader, the man who provided the steel for the Invincibles. Vieira also has experience, something Arteta did not when joining.

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