David Ornstein: 'Arsenal's hierarchy rate Vieira'
- Ex-BBC man said Vieira was considered an option in the dugout.
- However, his limited experience as a head coach might have been an obstacle.
- The Frenchman certainly has the potential to soothe the fanbase.
David Ornstein believes the Gunners rate former Invincible Patrick Vieira - but not enough to appoint him manager right after Arsene, it seems.
“They interviewed him so they must rate him. Whether his work at Nice has impressed, I don't know. He's a very interesting option as he combines Arsenal DNA with high-level coaching experience, time spent at an elite place in Man City etc.
“Often these clubs appoint somebody who fits best with their structure and personnel. Vieira has pros in this sense (modern head coach, a former team-mate of Edu) and cons (not been coaching at the level Arsenal might be looking for, the rest of the hierarchy don't really know him).”
It will be interesting to see whether Arsenal’s executive committee will re-visit the idea of hiring the legendary Frenchman in the near future, as Unai Emery’s time in North London appears to be nearing its end.
Vieira certainly can prove a popular pick with the fanbase, which has fond memories of the Invincible during his time with the Gunners. With Luis Enrique now confirmed to head Spain’s national team, Raul and Co have fewer options available to them.