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Vieira: Wenger ‘never showed me the way’

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Having left Arsenal in 2005 following Arsenal’s FA Cup win, club legend, Patrick Vieira has had a somewhat strained relationship with former boss, Arsene Wenger.

Vieira had wanted to return to Arsenal to hone his craft as a manager but instead chose to join Manchester City and was then fast tracked into City’s youth staff. Now managing New York City FC – one of City’s subsidiary clubs – Vieira spoke of Wenger’s lack of help for him in his managerial career, as reported by France Football (h/t the Mirror).

‘I’m not saying Arsene didn’t give me the desire to manage. He might have done so without me realising it but he never guided me, never showed me the way. Maybe Arsene wanted his former players to do it on their own. I find that a bit of a shame because all those who left Arsenal and who are managers always got on well with him.’

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Vieira also spoke of his disappointment in the lack o ex-players managing at the club.

‘It’s a bit sad to not see old players in Arsenal’s staff, I’m not [just] talking about the first team. There’s only Freddie Ljungberg.’

‘They love the club. After that, it’s not because we played at Arsenal that we deserve to be manager. All is earned but the desire is there.’

Indeed, Thierry Henry and Tony Adams were briefly at the club but have now both left for differing reasons.

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