OGC Nice manager Patrick Vieira has told his pre-Saint Etienne press conference – as quoted by the Daily Express – that he has “nothing to say” when asked if he would take the Arsenal job, following Unai Emery’s sacking.
Arsenal are looking for a new manager after relieving Emery of his duties at The Emirates. Following a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, the Spaniard was sacked. He had failed to win a Premier League match since October 6.
Plenty of managers have been linked with the vacant post. Max Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Carlo Ancelotti, Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and more have been touted, but Freddie Ljungberg remains in interim charge.
Arsenal legend Vieira was asked if he would take the Gunners job, after impressing at MLS side New York City and French side Nice – where he remains. However, he denied any truth in a move to Arsenal, and said there is nothing to say.
“I feel like it vexes you more than me or the club,” Vieira said to reporters. “There is nothing to say about it. There is nothing serious, nothing real. I have no comments to make about that.”
TBR’s view – Would Vieira be a good appointment?
Vieira won 40 of his 90 games in charge at New York City, in what is a very unpredictable league in which any team can beat anyone. He has done okay at Nice, winning 22 of his 57 games in charge.
Certainly, Vieira has not been in charge of a side that should be in the top five or six. Nice are pushing for such a finish, though his side currently sit in 13th place in Ligue 1. They are, though, six points behind third place.
It is too soon for Vieira. Though he is an Arsenal legend, he is yet to show enough as a manager to take a job as big as Arsenal.