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John Hartson backs Patrick Vieira for Arsenal job

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John Hartson backs Patrick Vieira for Arsenal job

John Hartson has claimed that Patrick Vieira would be a great selection to the the next Arsenal manager.

The Gunners are currently searching for a new manager following Unai Emery’s sacking and need to try act quickly, as Freddie Ljungberg is having a difficult time as caretaker boss.

Ljungberg saw his team draw 2-2 away at Norwich City last weekend, as well as lose at home to Brighton 2-1 on Thursday night.

The North London club are being linked with a host of names and ex-Arsenal midfielder Vieira is a name cropping up.

According to French outlet Nice-Matin, the 43-year-old has been identified as a number one target to take charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Vieira is currently in charge at French top-flight club Nice, but the attraction of a return to the Premier League would surely be significant.


Hartson believes he’s a great candidate for the club to consider appointing and feels he could help a struggling team.

“Vieira for me he’s done his ground work. He knows the club, he’s a leader of men, he’s a man mountain. For me he would be a very good choice,” Hartson told Sky Sports’ The Debate Show (10:35pm, 5 December).

“Arsene [Wenger] worked with him daily turned into a magnificent player. He’s done very well where he’s been at and I think he’d be a fans choice. I think he’s done his graft.

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TBR’s View:

Vieira is still a relatively inexperienced manager and his Nice role is just his second in football, after previously taking charge of New York City in the MLS.

He’s a popular individual at Arsenal and it would be an emotional return, but the club desperately need someone who can fix them and it may be wise going for an experienced boss.

They currently sit 10th in the Premier League table and top four looks a long way off, while if they below they will see they are only five points above the relegation places.

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