Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has opened up on the rumours that he could be the man chosen to take up the reins at the Emirates, following Unai Emery’s sacking.
The news that Gunners fans across the globe had been waiting for finally arrived on Friday morning.
A Europa League group stage defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt the night prior proved the straw that broke the camel’s back when it came to Unai Emery’s time in charge at the Emirates, as the Spaniard was officially relieved of his duties by the Arsenal hierarchy:
‘We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.’
‘The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.’
Club statement: Unai Emery
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 29, 2019
‘A very complicated job’
Club legend Freddie Ljungberg, meanwhile, has since been handed the role of interim boss in north London.
Arsenal’s initial statement on Emery’s sacking, though, also confirmed that ‘the search for a new head coach is underway’, suggesting Swedish tactician Ljungberg is not viewed as a potential answer to the club’s long-standing problems in the dugout.
As a result, a number of high-profile managerial targets have already been touted in the media in the days since Emery’s sacking.
One of those linked, meanwhile, has been another former Arsenal star, in the form of Patrick Vieira.
Frenchman Vieira is currently in charge of Ligue 1 outfit Nice, but was today drawn on the possibility of taking over at the Emirates.
The legendary midfielder, though, was keen to keep his cards close to his chest:
‘There are things I don’t control, people who say a lot of stuff, which is true or not true.’
‘I didn’t say anything, I didn’t say anything about that. I’m like you, I read, I look, I hear things, and that’s it.’
‘It’s a very complicated job, I realise that. I support Emery. It’s always sad to see a coach losing his job.’
‘Today it’s him, tomorrow it might be me. But as soon as you decide to start in this job, you have to expect to be fired at some point.’
Quotes via Goal