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Crystal Palace boss Vieira: I'm really lucky to be in charge here

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is excited about the team he takes to former club Arsenal on Monday night.

Vieira returns to Arsenal for the first time as a manager nearly six years after beginning his senior managerial career at MLS side New York City.

The 45-year-old has also managed at Nice in France's Ligue 1.

“Going back from my Manchester City time (as Elite Development Squad manager) and where I am today it has been up and down," Vieira said. “But overall I am really pleased about the journey I've had so far.

“What I really wanted was to come back to the Premier League to manage and I'm really lucky to be in a good football club.

“There is the foundation to express myself as a manager and I want to grow with the football club.

“This football club is really ambitious, as I am as a manager, and both of us can achieve good things here.

“The club want to be bigger and challenge for bigger things, and we are in a process of developing something quite interesting."

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