Wenger revealed the recruitment process for a successor to the Gunners legend is already under way, with ex-captain Vieira, now the football development executive at Manchester City, and Dennis Bergkamp both linked with the role.
Wenger said: "Patrick Vieira can be a candidate if he wants to do it. All the former players are of course candidates.
"What is the most important for me is the competence of the person and the experience in this kind of department. It is a very specific and special job,"