Patrick Vieira latest Arsenal old boy to venture into management

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Patrick Vieira is due to become the latest ex-Arsenal player to venture into management when he takes over the reins at New York City next month.

The Frenchman, who has been widely heralded for his work with Manchester City’s Youth Academy, is the 17th of Arsene Wenger’s former players to gamble by coaching the future generation.

Here, GiveMeSport will name five notable ex-pupils to chance their arm in football’s toughest profession.


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Remi Garde

Remi Garde succeeded Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa boss last month entrusted with the task of maintaining Villa’s top-flight status.

The Frenchman played under his compatriot Wenger for three seasons at Highbury between 1996 and 1999 before moving on to coach his beloved Lyon.

He guided the French giants to the French Cup title in his first season in charge but, if early signs are anything to go by, he may struggle to turn Villa’s season around.

Dennis Bergkamp

With an eye for goal, outstanding technique and loyal attitude it was no surprise that Dennis Bergkamp shone as one of Wenger’s best ever signings.

Since retiring in 2006, he has been a key part of the set-up at former club Ajax, where he has been Frank de Boer's assistant for over four years.

The top job surely beckons one day and many Arsenal fans would love to see him succeed his old manager when Wenger finally opts to walk away.

Tony Adams

Like Vieira, Tony Adams was one of Arsenal’s greatest-ever captains and played a key part in the Gunners’ double-winning season of 1997/1998.

However, his ventures into management have been less successful, with spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Azerbaijani club Gabala FC all going badly.

Such poor early attempts at management mean his chances of one day occupying the helm at the Emirates Stadium appear to be remote.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Giovanni van Bronckhorst remains a popular figure amongst Arsenal fans despite being part of the Barcelona side that pipped the Gunners to win the Champions League in Paris back in 2006.

The Dutchman, like Bergkamp, has found solace being back in his homeland and has helped steer former club Feyenoord to third in the Eredivisie table, five points adrift of leaders Ajax.

Having won numerous trophies throughout his career and playing at grounds from the Nou Camp to Ibrox, hopes are high he could be the latest of Wenger’s former pupils to thrive in a new job.

Nicolas Anelka

His career in England may have come to a controversial end back in March 2014, but Nicolas Anelka is currently player-manager of Indian Super League side Mumbai City.

Famed for his troublesome persona, the former Chelsea and Liverpool forward previously attempted the job when in China with Shanghai Shenhua in 2012.

Anelka enjoyed a successful two-year spell at Highbury during the years 1997 and 1999, before joining Real Madrid where he won the Champions League in 2000.

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