Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has revealed what he will do for Arsene Wenger if he becomes the coach of the north London side.
The 1998 World Cup winner is currently the manager of French Ligue 1 side Nice and has been tipped to become Arsenal boss by Wenger.
Vieira said: “I’m really privileged to have worked under Arsene and him saying that is really flattering. If I manage Arsenal one day I will take him for dinner and I will pay the bill!
“He didn’t say it to put pressure [on me]. It’s just flattering that the guy who spent over 20 years there thinks I have the quality to manage a big club like Arsenal one day.”
In 2011, Vieira was made Football Development Executive (F.D.E) at Manchester City after his retirement from playing. Approximately two years later, he was made reserve team and Elite Development squad manager by the same club.
He joined American side New York City in 2015, and left for Nice in June 2018.
“Since I was in Manchester City I had a clear idea about the next step for me. Moving from City to New York in the MLS and then coming back to the French league was the right decision. I have a clear idea of what I want to achieve, and I will try to take the right decision to get to the top.
“I want to take my time to get there, but I would love one day to manage one of the teams I played for in Italy or England. When you have an exciting league like in England, you always want to get involved. But I don’t put a time on it, because my work will decide if I deserve it or not. That is what will dictate if I deserve this kind of job.
“There is more pressure in Europe than in America but I really enjoyed all the difficulties. I’m finding my way but we [Nice] finished the season seventh with the third youngest team in the league, with all our injury troubles on the field and no number nine.
“It’s been challenging, but we did a good season. The progress is never enough because we always want to do better, but to finish in that position is really good.”
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