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Arsenal hero Petit: Vieira ideal Wenger replacement

Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit says former teammate Patrick Vieira is the right man to replace Arsene Wenger.

Wenger announced he would quit Arsenal after 22 years once the current campaign ends next month.

"I'm a great friend of Patrick, so perhaps I am biased! But with everything he has done with Manchester City and New York City FC, and the way he is regarded by fans of Arsenal, I would be very happy if Arsenal decided to appoint him as the next manager," Petit told Paddy Power News.

"I don't know if that will happen, but I hope it does for Patrick's sake. I know he wants to come back to Europe to manage a team, and I guarantee that he loves Arsenal very much.

"The last time we spoke together about his future, he was very grateful to be working in the USA, but it's a first step for him. One day he has to manage a big team in Europe or the Premier League - that's what he's working towards, that's what he expects.

"So if Arsenal decided to bring back Patrick, that would be a very good idea. But following Arsène is a huge task. Whoever comes in it won't be easy - they will be expected to return the club to the top of the league. The club has a big decision."

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