Can Patrick Vieira still compete with the best?

By Robert Hicks

Patrick Vieira

Manchester City new boy — or old boy as some have put it — insists he still has what it takes to compete among the best.

Some say if you have it, you never lose it. Others believe that everyone at certain point in their careers have to call it a day.

However, the French superstar begs to differ and believes his footballing flame is still as bright as ever. Talking to Sky Sports, the ex-Gunners captain said: “I am a better player for the experiences I have had.

“You get better with experience and age and I have been lucky to play at big clubs.

“I have learned a lot around big name players and I have come back to the Premier League a better player than I used to be.””

Patrick Vieira was an Arsenal legend. Having spent nine years under Arsene Wenger, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and four FA Community Shields, he will forever be held in the hearts of all Arsenal fans.

However, in 2005, he decided to leave north London with his mouth watering at the prospect of a new challenge that awaited him in Italy. Just four years later though, the midfield hard man is back, but instead, is donning the sky blue jersey instead of the famous red one.

Love him or hate him, there is no doubting the fact that Vieira was a world-class talent.

He was part of a dying breed, the old-fashioned type midfielder — kick ’em, hurt ’em, and let them know they’re in for a tough 90 minutes.

But times have changed since he’s been away. Players have changed, become quicker, more intelligent and much more adaptable.

Will Vieira be able to keep up with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Michael Essien and Ashley Young? Or will he be able to keep up with them without kicking and pulling them to pieces?

Whatever your views and opinions are, it is going to be a fascinating spectacle to watch.

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