Arsenal legend Robert Pires has revealed the best candidate to replace outgoing manager Arsene Wenger, who stepped down last weekend.
The former Gunners and France midfielder has admitted that Patrick Vieira is better suited to fill Wenger’s void than Mikel Arteta.
Arteta has emerged as the most favourite candidate to take over from the long-serving manager at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard retired and left Arsenal at the end of the 2015-16 season, before being appointed to join Manchester City as a joint-assistant coach on 3 July 2016.
Arteta, who became Arsenal’s new club captain ahead of the 2014-15 season, could be appointed as early as this week.
However, Pires believes that Vieira, who was captain on Wenger’s iconic Invincibles side, remains the ideal candidate to step into Wenger’s shoes.
“I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta — why not? I think all of them could manage Arsenal,” Pires said.
“There’s maybe a small advantage for Allegri and Ancelotti as they both have a lot of experience in Italy, Germany and England.”
“With Vieira — and this is only my opinion — yes. Not just because he’s my friend. Forget this.”
“He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult.”
“However, he has a very good profile to replace Arsene Wenger because he knows football, he knows the Premier League and of course he knows Arsenal.”
“So that’s why I say yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal.”
Arteta won FA Cup and two Community Shields; while Vieira won three Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups and 3 Community Shields with the Gunners.