Arsenal should have hired Patrick Vieira as a coach

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On the week that Patrick Vieira was announced as the New York City manager, people in the Arsenal board should be regretting that they don’t still have the Frenchman.

Vieira won three Premier League titles, four FA Cup’s and was included in six PFA Team of the Year awards during an illustrious career at Highbury. Many argue that Arsenal have never really replaced the combative midfielder.

Despite Thierry Henry and Robert Pires both taking up coaching roles within the Arsenal setup, many believe it has been the central midfield area where Arsenal have been lacking over the past decade or so, and Vieira would have been the ideal candidate to try and rectify that.


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Learn from United

At Manchester United, Ryan Giggs is currently the assistant manager to Louis van Gaal, and during the David Moyes reign, Phil Neville was also a coach. While Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt were appointed as part of the coaching staff during Giggs’s short spell as manager after Moyes was sacked.

All of which are key examples of a club that don’t let go of their legends easily. The thinking behind it is that these players have come through the ranks. They know what it takes to be a Manchester United player, they know the attitude and the commitment needed to play at Old Trafford. Not only that but the demeanour that should be shown on and off the pitch.

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These icons give youngsters someone to look up too. There isn’t anything more thrilling than being taught by your hero growing up. Nor is there anyone better to ask for advice, or to show them the way. They have the hunger to want the club to succeed because they’re a fan. They will do anything to win and that breeds a winning mentality throughout the team.

Lacking leaders at Arsenal

How many times have we talked about Arsenal needing leaders? If any club needs legends around the club it's the Gunners. Why isn’t Vieira giving Francis Coquelin tips and advice? Why isn’t Martin Keown improving Calum Chambers? Who is there better to learn from than Ian Wright for Theo Walcott?

Yes, leaders are needed to be playing on the pitch, but even the best of players could use someone to look up too. Steve Bould, Henry and Pires are all currently involved with the club, so that’s a start, but they were only introduced into the setup in the last few years. Why did it take so long?

Mikel Arteta is the Arsenal captain. A player who hasn’t even played for his national side at a senior level. What kind of example is that setting to young players with an ambition to challenge for big trophies?

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National problem

Arsenal are certainly not the only club in England with this problem. Liverpool have let go of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher too easily. Why isn’t Niall Quinn and Uwe Rosler at Manchester City? Why aren’t Glen Hoddle, Teddy Sherringham and Chris Waddle at Tottenham?
It’s a national problem.

Zinedine Zidane is at Real Madrid coaching the B team. They seem to know what they’re doing.

Not only is it a great asset to the players, but they are to the manager too. The manager can use them for advice, ask them to talk to an unhappy player, do one-on-one sessions with a promising youth player.

They are also a brilliant aid to transfer negotiations. With Arsenal seemingly struggling in the transfer window, perhaps players are turning Arsene Wenger down because potential signings can’t see how they’re going to learn. Maybe that was a reason why Morgan Schneiderlin chose Old Trafford as opposed to the Emirates.

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There has been a lot of talk over the last decade about the lack of leaders in the Arsenal dressing room. Nevertheless, they need them off the pitch too if they want to achieve big trophies.

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