Arsenal legend Vieira posts photo as lanky 14-year-old

Patrick Vieira

The midfielder captained the Gunners' Invincibles side in 2004 as part of a magnificent career, and was happy to share a pic of himself as a promising youngster.

Arsenal favourite Patrick Vieira seems to have been felling nostalgic on Twitter in the last few days, with the former powerhouse midfielder posting a picture of himself as a 14-year-old destined to go on to great things.

Widely accepted as one of the top players of his generation, Vieira was already head and shoulders above the others one the pitch, quite literally, as he turned out for Paris side FC Drouais.

Vieira was taking part in the #passforschool campaign to encourage Twitter users to post pictures of sporting endeavours from their childhood on the social media site.

The ex France international, who won both the World Cup and European Championships with Les Bleus, returned to the Premier League in 2009 after a period in Italy, joining Manchester City for his last two years as a player. However, it is under Arsene Wenger that he is most fondly remembered - such was his importance at Arsenal, the club were forced to wait until this May to win their first trophy since he left the club in 2005.

Since retiring from the playing side of the game, Vieira has been involved in developing the young players at the Etihad, though the 38-year-old has yet to usher through anyone as talented as the tall youngster in blue and white in the picture above.

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