Arsenal find themselves in a difficult position heading into the latter stages of the season, as Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City has resulted in an inquisition into Arsene Wenger’s leadership.
The French boss saw his future shrouded with immense speculation last season, as Arsenal finished outside of the Champions League places for the first time under his tenure, but Wenger penned a two-year deal after leading the Gunners to another FA Cup triumph.
However, Arsenal find themselves ten points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League’s race for a top-four finish and suffered a humiliating FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, whilst a mammoth clash with AC Milan awaits in the Europa League.
As such, many are expecting Wenger to be replaced this summer and Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has named a former captain as the ideal replacement- but it’s not Mikel Arteta.
“They may decide to go with an inexperienced person like Patrick Vieira or Thierry Henry. Or do we want to go with someone who has Champions League experience like Diego Simeone?”
“Obviously then there’s Carlo Ancelotti, who has managed some of the biggest clubs in the world. But the one I would take a gamble on, and I think he’d be given time, is Patrick Vieira.”
Vieira spent nine successful years at Arsenal, where he won three Premier League titles, and is currently the head coach of MLS franchise New York City FC.