Arsenal legend would be perfect fit to replace Wenger as manager - Ray Parlour

2018-02-27 11:36:14

Arsenal should ‘take a gamble’ and appoint former captain Patrick Vieira as their next manager after Arsene Wenger , according to Ray Parlour .

Speculation over Wenger’s immediate future in the Gunners hotseat has been rife following Sunday’s miserable 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.

Latest reports claim the club will decide in the summer whether to keep the Frenchman for the final year of his contract or finally part ways after 22 years in charge.

Arsenal chiefs have reportedly already drawn up a four-man shortlist of managers to replace Wenger, with Germany coach Joachim Low and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim included.

But former Gunners midfielder Parlour has urged the club to go down a bolder route and bring former captain, and fellow ‘Invincibles’ legend, Vieira back to the Emirates from the MLS, where he has begun his coaching career as manager of New York City FC.

“I would take a gamble and go with Patrick,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast .

“He knows the club very well, he came in as a young man and ended up being skipper.

“He’s had his experience in New York as manager, and I know he’s under the Manchester City umbrella at the moment, but I’m sure he would jump at the chance if he had the opportunity to come back to arsenal.

“It is a gamble, but the good thing about the gamble is that he’s very well respected as a player all round the world so he’ll be able to attract the big players, but he will drive that team as well. He will make sure they play like he used to play.”

Arsenal are set for the biggest shake-up in their recent history when the Wenger era finally comes to a close.

And Parlour believes appointing a club legend would be a perfect way to get fans, many of whom have been disgruntled by Wenger’s leadership over the last decade, back on board ahead of a new era for the Gunners.

He added: “The obvious choices would be Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone , managers like that who have lots of experience in Europe and know how to deal with big players and big clubs.

“But I just think they need to try something different. Maybe Patrick would get some of his ex-team-mates involved as well. Thierry Henry might be involved, who knows? He might want the job himself!

“The big problem Arsenal are going to have when they get a new manager is how long are they going to get before the fans are calling for his head?

“But you know the fans will give Patrick a chance.”

Listen back to Ray Parlour on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL below...

Who should replace Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman eventually leaves the #Arsenal ? Ray Parlour says Patrick Viera would be the perfect choice... https://t.co/AYsRgJWZEr pic.twitter.com/OuGe1xTioN — Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) February 27, 2018

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