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Is Arsenal idol in line to succeed Arsene Wenger?

21 years ago this month, Arsenal announced bespectacled French manager Arsene Wenger as their new manager, who joined them from Japanese J League side Nagoya Grampus Eight – but was a relative unknown to the English game.

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Almost a generation later and Wenger is still at the helm at Arsenal, with popular opinion divided on whether he remains the right man in charge. Under Wenger, Arsenal have had years of unmitigated success and has overseen the development of some magnificent sides. But Wenger has failed to deliver a league championship since the 2003/04 season – and last season failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 1999/2000 campaign.

With his transfer policy widely criticised and the club struggling to maintain their rock solid position amongst the top 4 clubs in England, speculation is mounting as to when Wenger will leave the Emirates and – more importantly – whom will succeed him.

One name who is amongst the bookies favourites to step into Wenger’s shoes is Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira whom, we feel, would be an immensely popular selection even if unproven at the lofty level Arsenal reside at. Vieira holds a special place in the hearts of Arsenal fans – his domination of the central midfield and tough, no nonsense, style will always be remembered and could just be the attitude required to succeed at a club like Arsenal.

Vieira is currently Head Coach at MLS side New York City FC and is already considered a success there, leading them to their first ever, though ultimately losing, play offs. He has a win rate of 43% and is currently listed third favourite at just 8/1 to be the next Arsenal manager – ahead of heavyweight names such as Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique and many more.

It would be fascinating to see Vieira back in the Premier League, locking horns with the likes of Mourinho, Klopp and seeing if he can instill his famous determination and will to win in the Arsenal squad – whomever they may be when, if ever, Wenger finally decides to call it a day or is released by the Arsenal hierarchy.