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Lizarazu calls on Arsenal to replace Wenger with Vieira

French legend Bixente Lizarazu says Patrick Vieira is the man to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Lizarazu reckons his former Les Bleus team-mate Vieira, currently head coach of New York City, is ready to succeed the departing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

He said: “When you talk about roots and DNA, it's something important and I think Patrick is ready. He's coaching in New York and I think he's ready.

“He represents a lot of things for Arsenal and he also represents a fighting spirit. I think Arsenal need this determination which Patrick represents so well. He was a fantastic player.

"Things were getting a bit difficult for him (Wenger) at the end, which has been spoken about. But what you've got to look at, when you're being honest, is a man's work a whole.

"The 22 years he achieved at Arsenal were exceptional.

“He left his mark on the club the way Ferguson did with Manchester United. He was more than a coach, he was a general manager.

"He built a team, he built a club, and few managers have had such an impact on a club the way Arsene Wenger did.

“He had a sense of aestheticism, an attacking way of playing - and an elegance and class. I liked what Mourinho said, because they were always going at each other. It was a real measure of respect.

"It was great to see that and all these big managers who spoke so highly of Arsene. Well done Arsene.

“Personally speaking, he's a very endearing person. I think he will win the Europa League with Arsenal and finish in style.

"Paris Saint-Germain would be fantastic for Paris, but I don't think it would be for Arsene.

"They need someone like him to embody the institution which is Paris Saint-Germain, but after 22 years with Arsenal, I don't think it interests him much."

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