Patrick Vieira has stated his disappointment that he didn’t start his coaching career at Arsenal. The former club captain started his career off the pitch at Manchester City’s youth team before moving to the MLS with New York City (via ESPN).
The relationship between Patrick Vieira and Arsenal Football Club has always been an interesting one. From club captain and leader to a somewhat strained view of the player. Vieira did leave the club before returning to the Premier League with Manchester City, first as a player, then as a coach with the youth team.
Now, the New York City boss has stated his disappointment that he didn’t return to the Emirates as a coach.
“It’s true that after spending nine years at Arsenal, it’s the club of my heart — the one where I played my best football — I would have liked if the door was more open to me or other players who spent time there and who would have wanted to learn their career as a coach,” Vieira told RMC.
“Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I was very fortunate to come across Manchester City at the right moment, but it’s true that there is a little bit of disappointment with Arsenal.”
“I don’t think that [myself, Thierry Henry or others] have the ambition to claim the spotlight at Arsenal because it’s not possible. Things must be done naturally.
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“I don’t know the demands of everyone, but in my case I just expected a call to ask me if I would go and learn my craft at Arsenal — without taking the place of the U21 or U19 coach because they are good at their job.
“I’ve never spoken [with Wenger]. At the same time, he does what he wants.”
It’s an interesting series of quotes but Vieira is in the wrong here. It appears like he’s almost blaming Wenger for not taking him on as a coach but like Vieira says, he does what he wants. He is the manager, after all. And it’s not like Wenger hasn’t appointed former players to coaching positions either. Thierry Henry was a youth team manager until recently and Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires are regular sights at the Arsenal training ground.