Patrick Vieira is a serious candidate to replace Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, according to the Daily Mail.
Wenger’s position at the Emirates has been up for debate for some time, with many supporters keen for the Frenchman to call an end to his two-decade tenure.
At the moment, the 68-year-old will not come to the end of his contract until the 2018-19 season concludes, but after another failed Premier League campaign, some fans want him out now.
The Gunners are expected to finish outside of the Champions League spots for a second consecutive season as they reside 13 points adrift of fourth place.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will not sack Wenger, but they are looking for replacements to potentially succeed the Frenchman, and club legend Patrick Vieira is one of them.
The 41-year-old is currently in charge of MLS club New York City.
There is no doubt that the former midfielder is much-loved among the Arsenal fanbase for his nine years of service, which included three Premier League title triumphs and four FA Cup final wins.
Even though Vieira is very much part of the Wenger era, he often disagreed with his compatriot and could bring a no-nonsense approach to coaching.
However, the Frenchman’s coaching CV is limited to Manchester City’s reserves and New York City, which begs the question of whether he is ready for such a big step.
Vieira will have the advantage of knowing the club inside out, but huge pressure will be placed on his shoulders; not only because fans will be expecting a revival following Wenger’s exit, but also because he is a legend at the North London outfit.
For both parties, it may be best at this stage to go down another route.