Ray Parlour names two Arsenal legends to replace Arsene Wenger

The Arsenal legend believes Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera could replace Arsene Wenger at The Emirates

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Ray Parlour believes Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira should be contenders to replace Arsene Wenger at The Emirates.

The Gunners have made a disappointing start to the Premier League season following a return of one victory in six games on the road.

Arsenal have already suffered heavy defeats at Liverpool and Manchester City this term, while the north London outfit have succumbed to surprise losses at Stoke City and Watford.

Wenger’s side are already 12 points adrift of current leaders Manchester City after the Citizens were 3-1 winners against the FA Cup holders at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Henry and Vieira helped Arsenal to go unbeaten throughout the campaign.

Arsenal’s record goal-scorer initially worked as a youth coach with the Gunners before he became Roberto Martinez’s assistant manager in the Belgium national team.

Vieira, on the other hand, is currently in charge of New York City FC having managed Manchester City’s Under-21 side.

Former Arsenal midfielder Parlour believes Henry and Vieira would be ideal replacements for Wenger.

“If I was Arsenal now, I’d be looking in two years time, whenever it’s going to be, and see who is going to be interested in taking over. Try and put it in place now. Managers don’t hang around,” Parlour told AskFans.

Asked about Henry or Vieira taking over, Parlour added:

“Do you know who would be perfect one day? Patrick Vieira. He’s manager at New York, but now he’s probably in line for the Man City job instead of Arsenal. He’s part of their club.

“In the future, maybe Thierry Henry. He’s a very intelligent guy, he knows the players, he knows the dressing room and he knows how to attract big players. He could be perfect for it. ‘

“Will he get an opportunity? Who knows. I would always look at ex-players.

“I know it doesn’t always work out like that with Tony Adams and such, but if they know the club inside out, which Vieira and Henry do, it gives you a big advantage.”

Wenger signed a new two-year contract with Arsenal in the summer after the French coach led the Gunners to their third FA Cup crown in four seasons.

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