The Daily Mail ran an ‘exclusive’ last night claiming that Arsenal will try and tempt Patrick Vieira back to the club as a replacement for Liam Brady as head of youth development.
The former Gunners captain is currently at Manchester City as a football development executive, a role he took up after retiring from playing in 2011. Despite some years away from the club now with spells at Juventus, Inter Milan and rivals City, Vieira is still highly thought of at the Emirates, and a candidate for this key job.
Dennis Bergkamp is also being mentioned as a possibility for the role. The pair were key players in one of Arsenal’s most successful periods in the club’s history, winning three league titles and four FA Cups together with the Gunners in their playing days. As members of the famous 2003/04 Invincibles side, it would be great if they could pass on some of their widsom to the young players coming through the ranks at the moment.
Still, it’s not clear what it is about this article that is ‘exclusive’ as it claims. It is quite easy to link former players to coaching roles and it has happened before with Vieira, so perhaps it’s premature to get too excited just yet. He’ll probably be fairly happy and well-paid at City so let’s not assume we’ll get him easily.
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