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Patrick Vieira confirms Arsenal talks

Patrick Vieira confirms Arsenal talks
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New York City FC boss and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira confirms that the Gunners spoke to him during their search for a new manager.

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has confirmed that the club spoke to him during their search for a replacement for Arsene Wenger.

Vieira, who is currently in charge of New York City FC in the MLS, was one of a host of names linked with the post before the Gunners confirmed Unai Emery as their first new boss since 1996.

However, Vieira revealed that talks with Arsenal were brief and did not go any further than an initial conversation as the club instead looked at other targets.

"Their executives met through a process which included a conversation with me but it didn't go any further," Vieira told The Times.

"I have been allowed to grow as a coach and gain valuable experience. That has helped me become much more clear in my approach, my vision of football.

"A game is there to be won. I want to enjoy myself on the bench, to have a team play football I want to see. To be bold."

Vieira made more than 400 appearances for Arsenal between 1996 and 2005, leading the club to three Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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