Arsenal boss Wenger told Vieira: Cesc will replace you

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was happy to sell Patrick Vieira to Juventus because he knew he had Cesc Fabregas ready to step into his shoes.

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Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood is close to many Arsenal identities and revealed to the Sunday Mail: "He's brilliant, Wenger. I've been in his company a few times and always learned something. He told us a story about Patrick Vieira that shows what top man management is.

"Vieira got offered fortunes at Juventus, five-year deal, when he had a year left at Arsenal. And Arsene said, 'I love you to death but in a year you probably won't get a new deal because Cesc Fabregas is coming through. If I was you I'd take the millions at Juve'.

"I spoke to Bergkamp about Wenger. He told me Arsenal's dressing-room was unbelievable, awash with drugs - but the right kind! Apparently they spent £1m a year on medical supplies.

"And their analysis is fantastic. Fabregas usually runs 13km a game then twice in a row fell to 11km so they took him out because he needed a rest.

"That's management - the ability to have faith in what you're doing."

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