Wenger claims Vieira will be a 'great asset' to Crystal Palace
Arsene Wenger has claimed Patrick Vieira will be a ‘great asset’ for Crystal Palace amid talks of his imminent appointment.
In an interview with Bein Sport (via Evening Standard), the Frenchman urged the former Arsenal captain to ‘leave his mark’ as a manager.
Vieira enjoyed an outstand career in the Premier Leagu as a player, winning the title on three seperate occasions.
His most memorable moment for the north London giants was captaining Arsenal during the invincibles season.
Vieira is close to landing the vacant manager’s job at Selhurst Park. He’s emerged as the clear front runner for the job after the Eagles’ failed moves for Nuno Espirito Santo and Lucien Favre.
When talking about Vieira, Wenger said: “First of all, he would be a great asset for Crystal Palace, and I also think that he has left such a mark on the Premier League’s pitch that I would like him to leave a mark outside the pitch.”
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Amid talks with Crystal Palace, Vieira has the track record to justify his appointment.
Whilst his time with New York City FC wasn’t successful in terms of trophies, he established a positive trend.
The MLS outfit were ever-improving under the Frenchman, finishing second in each of his opening two seasons. It came after the club had finished 12 points off a play-off spot in the campaign prior to the
It earned him a move to Ligue 1 with Nice where he continued that trend of improvement. After finishing 7th in his first season, he secured fifth place and a Europa League finish in the 2019/2020 campaign.
It’s not just consistency which makes him an attractive prospect. The style of play employed by the 45-year-old is extremely positive.
His blend of attacking flair and defensive nous is great, however, does come with the occasional bruising defeat.
Everything points to Vieira being a ‘great asset’ to the south Londoners, as per Wenger’s claims.