Patrick Vieira has been placed on the growing shortlist of potential replacements should Arsene Wenger decide to quit the club this summer, reports Metro.
Gunners officials are growing increasingly concerned that Wenger will leave them high and dry in the summer when his contract expires. A two-year deal has been agreed in principle but remains unsigned.
Although Arsenal are still confident Wenger will commit to a new deal at the Emirates, the uncertainty is forcing them to draw up a contingency plan if they are left without a manager come June.
Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund and Roberto Martinez of Everton have both been earmarked as potential replacements and now former Arsenal captain Vieira has been added to that list.
Vieira has been impressing at Manchester City as the head coach of their elite development squad and holds a tremendous affinity with Arsenal following a nine-year spell with the club.
The Frenchman played over 406 games for the Gunners between 1996 and 2005, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
Currently at Manchester City, Vieira has been learning his trade with their under-21 team under a more experienced director of football and is looking to move into full time management in the near future.
A chance to manage Arsenal will be something of a baptism of fire for Vieira but would most likely attract a number of other players from the Invincibles era to join the coaching staff.
Both Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry have both expressed a desire to return to north London to continue their legacy as Gunners.