Former Arsenal star has confirmed that the club have approached him while they were looking for Arsene Wenger replacement.

Arsenal had a long list of managerial candidates and current New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira was among the favourites.

However, the Gunners have eventually appointed former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery who signed a two-year deal with the club.

Therefore, Vieira has revealed that the North London side have made just an initial conversation with him.

“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 has been at the Emirates Stadium between 1996 and 2005 helping the club to win three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields.

Arsene Wenger has been Arsenal manager since 1996 where he managed to win 17 trophies including three Premier League titles.

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