Arsenal great open to Emirates return


Arsenal hero Patrick Vieira says he would consider returning as manager but won't discuss the prospect while Arsenal Wenger is boss.

The future of Wenger beyond the end of this season continues to be the subject of much speculation following another difficult season on the field, the Europa League offering the Gunners their only hope of silverware and a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Plenty of names have been suggested to replace the Frenchman, including a couple of Arsenal legends with Thierry Henry and Vieira mentioned as a possible candidate.

While Henry has yet to manage a team since hanging up his boots, Vieira is currently in charge of MLS side New York City FC having previously worked as a coach at Manchester City.

While the former midfielder says he will not discuss a return to north London while Wenger is in charge, Vieira has indicated he would be open to discussing the prospect if the position became available.

‘Let’s say that someday it might interest me. But one day,’ he told French publication L’Equipe.

‘I cannot say anything more because there is nothing to say about it and I do not want to offend Arsene, whom I adore and for whom I have a lot of respect.

‘Because I know that he suffers a lot from the current results, even more than hearing what his former players say.’