Ex-Arsenal captain in photo tribute to Wenger

Patrick Vieira

Former French international midfielder Patrick Vieira has taken to Twitter in tribute to Arsene Wenger ahead of his 1000th game in charge of Arsenal.

Ahead of Arsene Wenger’s 1000th match in charge of the North London club, past players, managers and rivals have all congratulated the 64-year-old Frenchman.

Wenger arrived in North London in 1996, and has gone on to manage the side 999 times – winning 572.

The Frenchman has won a host of trophies at Arsenal – including three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and four Charity Shields, and has also managed the club through a period of change, as they made the successful move from Highbury to the Emirates.

One of Wenger's key players over his most successful Arsenal period - 1997 to 2004 - was current Manchester City reserve-team manager Patrick Vieira.

The 37-year-old former French international midfielder played more than 300 matches for Arsenal, and captained the side through their record-breaking 49-game unbeaten 'invincibles' season.

Vieira is regarded as one of the greatest central midfielders in the history of the Premier League, and on social networking site Twitter, he praised the effect that his Arsenal manager has had on him and the team as inspirational.

Viera Tweeted:

Vieira then followed that up by posting two memorable pictures of the two men together – one famously celebrating the Premier League trophy in front of the Arsenal supporters in the streets of London.


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