Dynamic duo: Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit were a great midfield partnership

By Will Butcher

Emmanuel Petit wants Diego Simeone to become Arsenal’s next manager if Arsene Wenger decides to call time on his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Currently in his sixth season in charge of Atletico Madrid, the Argentinian has constantly been touted as a potential successor of Wenger as the Frenchman’s future remains unclear.

Former Arsenal star Petit told Sky Sports’ programme Soccer AM on Saturday that Simeone would be his choice to replace Wenger because of his discipline, experience and vision.

“If Arsene leaves I’d like to see Simeone from Atletico Madrid,” Petit claimed. “I think he’s got huge experience, I think what he’s done with Atletico Madrid for the last five years is amazing.

“They are still competing every season with Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League, that is a huge achievement.

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“On top of that he has the discipline and vision to how he wants his players to play on the pitch, with high intensity and respect, and I think that could be something very good for arsenal.”

Wenger, who has been with the Gunners since 1996 after spells with Monaco and Nancy, has less than six months remaining on his current contract with the north London giants.

His tenure could be coming to an end after three Premier League titles, six FA Cup wins and a runners-up medal in the Champions League.

Simeone has a contract with Atletico until the summer of 2018, but could be identified as a potential replacement to Wenger should the 67-year-old leave at the end of the season.

Petit played for the Gunners for three years between 1997 and 2000, making 119 appearances in all competitions and scoring 11 goals from out his central midfield position.

In other Arsenal news, Hector Bellerin has handed Wenger a huge injury boost ahead of Saturday’s clash against Hull.

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