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​Arsenal hero Pires: Vieira right man to replace Wenger

Arsenal legend Robert Pires claims that his former teammate Patrick Vieira is the right man to take over at the Emirates.

The Gunners are hunting for a new manager this summer, with Arsene Wenger set to depart after 22 seasons.

And Pires believes that Vieira is the type of man who would fit right in. And his experiences with New York City FC would help him in the Arsenal job.

He told Sky Sports: "We have a lot of candidates to replace Arsene Wenger and we can see the same names.

"We talk about Allegri, Ancelotti, Luis Enrique… My two friends Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta too. I don't know who the next manager is for Arsenal but they need to find the right philosophy.

"They can't have the same philosophy as Arsene Wenger. My choice? If the board want a manager with a lot of experience, it's maybe someone like Luis Enrique or Ancelotti.

"But if they want to start with a new project, it's Vieira or Arteta. Comparing them, Patrick has a small advantage because he is doing very well with New York this season.

"Mikel is not a number one, although I think he has learned a lot under Pep Guardiola as he is one of the best managers.

"Patrick has a very good profile to replace Arsene Wenger. He spent nine seasons at Arsenal so he knows the club and the fans. I know some fans want to see him on the bench too."

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