Vieira a contender for Arsenal youth role

Patrick Vieira could return to Arsenal as head of youth development, replacing the retiring Liam Brady, as the Daily Mail reports that the former Gunners captain is a contender for the post along with ex-teammate Dennis Bergkamp.

The newspaper adds that manager Arsene Wenger has spoken with Vieira about the position and that Vieira was receptive to the idea. Vieira, a World Cup winner with France in 1998, is currently a football development executive at Manchester City, the club with which he ended his playing days, but is understood by the Mail to be keen to spend more time on the training pitch than the boardroom. The Arsenal role would present such an opportunity.

Vieira spent nine years as an Arsenal player, moving to Highbury in 1996 and departing for Juventus in 2005. In that time he made 420 appearances under Wenger, scoring 34 goals and winning the Premier League three times, the FA Cup four times and the Charity Shield four times.

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