Signed from AC Milan in 1996, the former France international, who played for the Citizens for one-and-a-half years, developed into one of the best defensive midfielders of all time during his time at the North London club.
Vieira played for the Gunners until 2005, winning the Premier League thrice, the FA Cup on four occasions and the FA Community Shield as many times. His performances in midfield saw him become one of the most well-known names in world football.
Incidentally, the last competitive match the French legend featured in for Arsenal was the final of the FA Cup on May 21, 2005. It was against Manchester United and Vieira scored the winning penalty in the shootout.
Since that day, the Gunners had failed to win any major silverware until Saturday when they clinched the FA Cup by beating Hull City 3-2 in extra time at London’s Wembley Stadium.
After the match, Vieira, who is currently the head of Elite Development Squad at Manchester City, took to social networking site Twitter to express his delight at his former club finally ending a nine-year trophy wait.
Congratulations to Arsenal. 10 years since that day for me and I know what they're feeling right now. Enjoy it - you deserve it.— Patrick Vieira (@OfficialVieira) May 17, 2014
Also quick to take to Twitter to revel in Arsenal’s glory was Robert Pires, another member of the ‘Invincibles’ team. The former France international winger was part of the Gunners unit between 2000 and 2006, and is considered as one of the greatest attacking players to have featured in the Premier League.
Pires, who subsequently went on to play for Villarreal and Aston Villa, stated that he was “proud” of Arsenal for winning the FA Cup on Saturday.
Well done Arsenal!!! Proud of my gunners!— robert pires (@piresrobert7) May 18, 2014