Arsenal managerial appointment could be accelerated as more rivals drop out

Arsenal managerial appointment could be accelerated as more rivals drop out

Now in charge of New York City, Vieira is said to be mystified over whether he has ever been under serious consideration.

The 68-year-old stepped down as Arsenal manager earlier in the season and the Gunners gave him a fitting send-off in his last home game against Burnley, where the players combined for a 5-0 thumping of Sean Dyche's men.

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Pic JOSEP LAGO  AFP  Getty Images
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Pic JOSEP LAGO AFP Getty Images

Former Arsenal winger, Robert Pires has stated that ex-teammate, Patrick Vieira, is better suited to succeed former Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger than current favourite, Mikel Arteta.

The former Everton star will have learned a lot from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, under whom he has worked as a coach for the past two seasons.

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The north London side are now on the lookout for a new manager after Arsene Wenger called time on his 22-year reign at The Emirates at the end of the season. "I think all of them could manage Arsenal", Pires said in an interview with BTSport.com.

Furthermore, it was reported that negotiations have entered an advanced stage with financial remuneration and the number of backroom staff already being discussed.

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Max Allegri seemingly ruled himself out at the weekend by revealing he plans to stay at Juventus, which made Julian Nagelsmann the most serious rival to Arteta. Not the board, however, who instead are "close" to appointing 36-year-old Arteta.

PSG are also interested in tempting Wenger back to his home country with a manager's role.

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Arsenal's head of football relations Raul Sanllehi is believed to favour a more experienced replacement for Wenger but Gazidis is confident of overcoming his reservations. "As I said in my speech on the pitch after the Burnley game, I'm a fan above all".

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