Patrick Vieira: No Arsenal contact


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New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira insists there has been no contact from Arsenal about taking over from Arsene Wenger at the Emirates in the summer.

Wenger recently revealed he would be leaving the Gunners at the end of the campaign, one year earlier than expected, bringing an end to a 22-year reign at the Premier League outfit.

The French tactician, who is yet to reveal whether he will take another job, has enjoyed plenty of success having won the English title three times, lifted the FA Cup on seven occasions while winning the Community Shield seven times.

Arsenal are currently compiling a list of potential candidates to take charge for next season and the name of former captain Vieira, who played under Wenger for nine years, has popped up.

The 41-year-old, who earned 107 caps for France, signed a three-year deal in 2016 to become manager of New York City FC and has been receiving plaudits for the job he has done so far.

Vieira, who insists he would be ready to take over the Gunners, has confirmed nobody has made an approach for his services yet and he will wait to see what unfolds over the coming months.

“Honestly and seriously, no,” he told

“I still have, of course, next year. It is going to be my contract at least until the end of the season and then after that, anything can happen.

“But I have a contract until the end of the season.”

Vieira could potentially take over an Arsenal side that are playing in the Champions League next season if the Gunners are able to win the Europa League.

Wenger’s men welcome Atletico Madrid to the Emirates on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie and the hosts are 2.50 favourites to win, a draw is priced at 3.25 while the visitors are a 2.88 chance.

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