Patrick Vieira is the “blindingly obvious” choice to become the next Arsenal manager, according to Jeff Stelling.
The Gunners have yet to announce a permanent replacement for Unai Emery after parted company with the club last week, with Freddie Ljungberg currently in the dugout on an interim basis.
But Stelling believes that ex-Arsenal skipper Vieira, who currently manages OGC Nice in France, is the right man for the gig.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports News, December 7th, 14.00), he said: “Isn’t Patrick Vieira a blindingly obvious choice?”
Is Vieira the right man for the job?
This might not be what Stelling, or a whole host of Arsenal fans, might want to hear, but perhaps not.
If we’re being frank here, Vieira probably isn’t of a level whereby a job of Arsenal’s magnitude would be readily available to him were it not for his prior affiliation with the club.
His Nice side are currently 14th in the French top flight, and he has averaged just 1.38 points per game since taking charge, as per Transfermarkt.
Based on that, we must assume that the only reason he is being touted as a potential candidate for the Gunners is because he used to play for them, which in and of itself is not particularly terrible, other than the fact that Ljungberg is also a legendary Gunner, and he has done absolutely nothing to get a tune out of this squad so far.
In short, the Gunners can not afford to be sentimental when they pick their next boss.