By Tom Blackburn

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira welcomed Tim Cahill to Melbourne City, after the former Everton midfielder signed a three-year player-coach deal.

Vieira is the current head coach of New York City, who are owned by the same City Football Group.

The group, ran by Emirati businessman Khaldoon AL Mubarak, also own Manchester City and have shares in Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos.

Everton legend Tim Cahill, 36, has joined Melbourne City from Hangzhou Greentown, and Vieira took to Twitter to welcome him to the City family.

The midfielder will begin contract as a player for two years, before taking up a coaching role in 2018.

Cahill was a huge fan favourite during his eight-year spell at Everton until he left for New York Red Bulls in 2012.

In his eight years at Goodison Park, he played 271 times, contributing 66 goals and a further 29 assists.

He was awarded player of the season in 2004-05, and was the first player since Dixie Dean in 1931 to score in three separate Merseyside derbies.

Cahill and Vieira will have to wait until December to see who has the bragging rights as their two former clubs play each other, though they will no doubt both be supporting Arsenal on Sunday as they host Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool at the Emirates.

In other Arsenal news, they are targetting one of two superstar strikers worth £60million-plus each.