Vieira: Arsenal coaching snub left me ‘disappointed’

Date published: Friday 9th December 2016 7:58

New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has suggested he feels let down by Arsenal due to their failure to offer him a coaching role.

The Frenchman had a glittering nine-year career with the Gunners and after spells with Inter Milan, Juventus and Manchester City, Vieira was hoping to return to Arsenal and embark on his coaching career alongside his compatriot and former manager Arsene Wenger.

Vieira told RMC: “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.

“Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I was lucky to arrive at Manchester City at the right moment, but it’s true that it leaves a little disappointment with regards to 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.

“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 want he wants.”

After a rocky start to coaching in the MLS, Vieira recently guided New York City to the MLS playoffs for the first time in their short history.

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