Arsenal and Arsene Wenger ridiculed after manager's U-turn over 'timing' remarks

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger ridiculed after manager's U-turn over 'timing' remarks

Vieira was a cornerstone of Wenger's first decade at Arsenal, and was captain during the Gunners' famous "Invincibles" unbeaten season in 2004.

File image of Arsene Wenger and Diego Simeone.

"I think he's a victor and you can not change that. We will do it in the near future for sure, but it's not a rush thing".

Speaking ahead of Thursday's Europa League semifinal ahead of Atletico Madrid, Wenger downplayed the suggestion that emotions could get to him as he walks out on the Emirates pitch for his final European home game. Arteta has been highly praised for his work at the Etihad, and would be a popular choice to take over from Wenger, who signed him as a player in 2011.

Vieira, the manager of New York City, said earlier this week he was flattered to have been linked with the job, saying: "It's not something which will stop me doing what I am doing at the moment".

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According to Spanish news outlet Sport, the former Barcelona boss, who is also on the shortlist of managers to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, is closer to joining Chelsea than he is the Gunners.

Luis Enrique was rumoured to be heading for Arsenal. Losing two Champions League finals brought back feelings of being bridesmaids once more as they were pipped to the post twice by Real.

They beat Milan again in this year's Europa League, of course, but there's no denying that the Rossoneri are not the force they once were.

When asked if he would take a year off he responded: "It's long, a year".

'I am always going to have a deeper relationship with Arsenal.

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His final objective is to steer Arsenal to that trophy, returning Champions League football to north London as his parting gift.

"I know what people are saying, and I'm really happy about that", the three time Premier League victor told The Times. "I don't want this to be perceived that I want to go because I don't want to leave", he said.

Diego Simeone's name has also cropped as a possible successor and his work with Atletico Madrid amidst budgetary constraints has its fans inside the Arsenal boardroom.

Simeone included the former Chelsea striker in his squad after he trained with Atletico teammates on Wednesday evening.

Vieira, who previously worked in the youth academy at Manchester City, said: 'It's an honour to be mentioned with Arsenal.

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