Every academy prospect is given a DVD of this one Arsenal legend

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Highlights of Patrick Vieira's days at Arsenal are given to each youth player at the club, regardless of their position.

Current Arsenal players like versatile midfielder Jack Wilshere and left back Kieran Gibbs, as well as up-and-coming talents like prolific forward Chuba Akpom, defender Isaac Hayden, precocious teenager Dan Crowley and UEFA Youth League star Jack Jebb may all have one thing in common despite their differing positions - they could have all been given a DVD of the same legendary Gunner in order to model themselves after.

That DVD will have showcased the ability and leadership credentials of Patrick Vieira, who spent nine glory-filled years in North London winning a hat-trick of Premier League titles with four FA Cup winners medals in his locker, also.

For Fabrice Muamba, 26, Vieira represents a "real leader" and is a player "every boy" at youth level at Arsenal will be all too aware of.

"Those who get a chance to work under him will tell you he’s a real leader," said Zaire-born Muamba, himself a graduate from the Arsenal academy, when speaking to Sky Sports recently.

"Every boy in the academy at Arsenal was given a DVD of Patrick . Even if you play right-wing or left-wing you’re given one."

Vieira's influential box-to-box ability, his big-game mettle, his desire for battle and eagerness to inspire all proved himself a worthy Arsenal captain easily comparable to other great Gunners such as Tony Adams, Frank Mclintock and Tom Parker.

He is also a figure Arsenal have seemingly lacked since his departure from the club in 2005, with perhaps Aaron Ramsey developing into a protracted replacement.

Manager Arsene Wenger recently told beinSports that he was seeking a Vieira-type signing in the recent transfer window, but obviously failed to secure his man, with William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon the likeliest target.

"I'm happy with the signings but we still need a physical presence with prodigious ability like Vieira or [Emmanuel] Petit," he said.

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