Robert Pires names who Arsenal should appoint as next Gunners manager
The Arsenal legend would like to see Patrick Vieira take over the reins from Arsene Wenger at The Emirates
Robert Pires believes Arsenal should appoint Patrick Vieira as Arsene Wenger’s replacement.
The Gunners are on the lookout for a new manager after Wenger confirmed that he will stand as manager at the end of the current campaign.
Arsenal have regressed under the 68-year-old over the past decade or so and the Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04.
The north London side are in sixth place and set to miss out on a top-four finish for the second successive season under Wenger.
Arsenal lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid over two legs in the Europa League semi-final following Diego Costa’s winner at Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday night.
The Gunners lost 3-0 to Premier League champions Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley back in February.
Former Arsenal midfielder Pires, who was part of Wenger’s title-winning team in 2003-04, wants to see his compatriot Vieira take over the reins from the Frenchman head coach.
“I would like to see Patrick Vieira be given a chance at Arsenal, but I don’t think Mikel Arteta is ready,” Pires told bwin.
“Vieira is doing a great job with New York City so he has an advantage over Arteta who is learning a lot from [Pep] Guardiola as his assistant, but doesn’t have the pressure of being manager.
“Arteta is a good coach but it’s important he proves himself as a manager before coming to Arsenal. I would like to see the new manager keep with the Arsenal tradition of having an ex-player as his assistant. The club has had Pat Rice and Steve Bould and I hope that continues.”
Vieira has been in charge of New York City FC following a stint as a coach at Manchester City.
The Gunners have reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 2010.
Arsenal signed Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.