By Will Butcher
Patrick Vieira has taken a swipe at Arsenal for their coaching set-up and revealed he wants a top European job in the future.
The 40-year-old for Gunners captain is currently in charge of New York City FC, managing veteran stars David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, and has guided the MLS team to the top of the Eastern Conference after 26 matches.
Speaking with Henry Winter, chief football writer of The Times, the former ‘Invincibles’ captain claimed that the Gunners are missing a man like himself.
“Arsenal play some of the best football in the league but they’re missing the physical presence,” Vieira said, as quoted via Winter’s Twitter account. “They’re missing the personality (of the Invincibles).
“It’s fantastic being here (at New York City). I’m really growing up as a manager. My goal is one day to manage one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
“I find it a little bit disappointing not having ex-Arsenal players working at Arsenal.”
The former France international, who has clocked up 107 international caps for his country in a glittering career that included spells with Juventus and both Milan clubs, is contracted with the MLS side until December 2018.
Vieira’s name is synonymous with the Gunners, after captaining the side to two Premier League trophies.
The former combative centre-midfielder made 374 appearances in league and cup encounters for Arsenal over a period of nine seasons in north London.
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