Ian Wright: Patrick Vieira's first English words were ‘Spurs are sh*t’

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Ian Wright has revealed that all of Arsenal's English players used to give Arsene Wenger's foreign imports language lessons during their early days in north London, and hilariously divulged the first words spoken by former club captain Patrick Vieira.

The retired Gunners striker's confession came in an interview with Copa90, as part of his #OneMoreGame initiative which involves raising money for charity for the chance to play in a showpiece match at Wembley.

Wright was asked by one lucky competition winner about some of his favourite Arsenal memories, and that's the point where his revelation about the French midfielder was made public.  

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"As soon as any new players come, the first thing you teach them is, this is a big game," the 51-year-old was quoted saying by The Mirror. "This is Tottenham, this is our main rival.

"I remember Patrick Vieira - David Dein tells a story about Patrick Vieira - he was learning English. First thing we taught him was: Tottenham are s***.

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"As a player you just have to tap into the rivalry, tap into what the fans are telling you leading into it."

It was part and parcel of helping new players understand the importance of the rivalry with Spurs, something that still remains as fierce as ever in 2015.

Now that Wright has hung up his boots he can see the conflict of interest between Arsenal supporters and fans of Mauricio Pochettino's side from a different perspective, but there's certainly no doubts about where his allegiances lie!

You can watch Ian Wright's full interview with Copa presenter Poet in the video below. 

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