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'It matters': Patrick Vieira fires back at Arsenal defender Ben White

Crystal Palace manager, Patrick Vieira, has fired back at Arsenal defender Ben White over his comments regarding his views on past players.

Vieira is set to go head to head with his former team tonight as he looks to help his Palace side to a much needed three points. The Frenchman was a mainstay of the successful Arsenal side under Arsene Wenger. He was also skipper during The Invincible season.

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However, Arsenal defender Ben White admitted last week that he didn’t care much for how ex-players might have done. The Gunners star admitting he didn’t watch much football, and that he knew of Vieira but not too much.

“I know [Vieira] was a very good player. But I wouldn’t know the details. I’m quite busy – I’m always doing something. I watch myself for analytical reasons. I watch England, maybe. I just wouldn’t just sit down and watch a game,” White said.


But Vieira, speaking ahead of tonight’s clash, believes White needs to know more and insists it matters for the very top players in the game.

“It matters. Watching games shows the passion and love you have. Thierry would watch any kind of game in any league in any country,” Vieira said.

“He knew everything about the game. I played with Cesc Fabregas and the Spanish players watched games every day.”

TBR’s View: White and Vieira set for Arsenal clash?

It would be great for the viewer tonight if something happened in the game to bring White and Vieira towards each other. It really would be something to witness.

White’s comments are understandable to be honest. But, if he’s fully investing into Arsenal, he should know more about the very best players in the club’s history.

Vieira is clearly not impressed. Therefore, any sort of clash tonight could be brilliant viewing for the neutral.

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