Martin Keown reacts to reports Patrick Vieira could be next Arsenal manager

The Arsenal legend issues his support for Patrick Vieira to replace Arsene Wenger at The Emirates

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Keown has issued his support for Patrick Vieira to become a future Arsenal manager.

The Gunners boss is coming under pressure at the north London side following another disappointing Premier League campaign.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in the final Champions League qualification spot.

The north London outfit lost 3-0 to Manchester City in the League Cup final, while Nottingham Forest beat Arsenal in the FA Cup third round.

Wenger has one year remaining on his current Arsenal deal but there has been speculation suggesting the Frenchman could stand down this summer.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri have both been linked with the Arsenal post.

Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Vieira have also been touted as potential successors for Wenger.

The Frenchman is currently in charge of Major League Soccer outfit New York City FC.

Former Gunners defender Keown believes Vieira would be suited to the Arsenal role.

“It might be that Wenger would want a former Arsenal player who knows the club to be his successor,” Keown told the Daily Mail.

“Of all the players with whom I shared a dressing room during my career, Patrick seemed the best-suited for management.

“He had so many special qualities as a person. He held everyone’s respect, was very intelligent and very focused.

“While Vieira was a catalyst for our success on the pitch, he was an equally important figure off it.

“He was a force for good in the dressing room, pulling everyone together.”

Arsenal lost 2-1 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park in their last Premier League outing.

The Gunners signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.

The north London side haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04.

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