Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named former midfielder and club legend Patrick Vieira as the man to replace him when he steps down at the end of the season, according to a journalist.
Former Sky reporter Richard Keys, who now works as the senior football anchor at beIN Sports, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the French boss, who will be leaving the Gunners after 22 years in charge, believes his former star and fellow countryman is the ideal pick to succeed him in the dugout.
Sources tell #beINSPORTS that Arsene Wenger has recommended Patrick Viera to replace him. The Arsenal board are split down the middle on his advice.
— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) April 20, 2018
The 41-year-old, who spent nine years with Arsenal, would be a stunning appointment considering his lack of experience as a manager, having spent time as a development coach at Manchester City before taking on role as head coach at MLS side New York City FC, taking charge back in 2016.
It is claimed that the top brass at Arsenal are divided over the suggestion from Wenger, as they embark on their first managerial hunt in over two decades.
Football Insider verdict
Wenger leaving is a massive milestone in the history of Arsenal and this next stage of their history is a step into the unknown. Times have changed since they last had to find a new manager and they may well be wise to follow the Frenchman’s suggestion. On the other hand, Vieira is a massively risky choice and considering the pressure which is on the Gunners after falling from title chasers to Europa League hopefuls, they may prefer to go for a proven talent. Either way, it is going to be a might tough decision, and at least Wenger has given the club plenty of time to sort out their plans for the future.
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