Ex-Arsenal fans favourite Vieira: Arsene Wenger didn’t want me

Patrick Vieira

The Manchester City coach has stated that he moved to the Etihad Stadium outfit due to a lack of contact from the Gunners.

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has a distinguished player for the North London club, with the Frenchman a firm favourite of Gunners fans for his no-nonsense approach for the team.

However, despite his affinity with the Emirates Stadium outfit, the retired battler has ended up on the coaching staff at Manchester City, not Arsenal.

Vieira currently coaches the reserve ranks of the outgoing Premier League champions, with a train of thought that he may well be a future top-flight manager - whether at City or elsewhere.

The Frenchman has revealed that he would have loved to work at Arsenal in a non-playing capacity following the culmination of his career, but was not contacted by his former employers.

Vieira also states that he feels Arsene Wenger did not want him on the coaching staff at Arsenal.

“Had he wanted me to work alongside him, he would have asked me,” The London Evening Standard quote Vieira as saying.

“Both the club and Arsene have behaved disappointingly towards me. Everywhere I go people ask me why Arsene didn’t give me the chance to work with him.

“It was out of the question to offer my services. Why would I have done it?

“When I stopped playing I had an offer from City, and I did not get any phone calls from Arsene. I gave Arsenal a great deal, just as the club and Arsene gave me a lot.”

Vieira is one of a number of Arsenal figures that have left North London to move to Manchester City.

Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna are currently at the Etihad Stadium club in a playing capacity, while Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor also following the same path.

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