Patrick Vieira criticises Arsene Wenger's lack of support for coaching

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In case you didn't know, it is reaching the business end of the MLS season and while there are a quite a few familiar faces to fans of European football still involved, Arsenal supporters should have a vested interest in particular.

That's because Patrick Vieira's New York City FC are still in contention for the title, despite losing the first leg of their Conference semi-final to Toronto on Sunday.

Regardless of how the second leg pans out, it has certainly been an impressive campaign for Vieira's maiden season in charge of a first team.

But despite spending nine years in north London and being the last Gunners captain to lift a Premier League title back in 2004, Arsene Wenger hasn't been the inspiration behind Vieira's success.

And Arsenal's legendary former captain has in fact aimed a dig at his old boss for not offering him more guidance after hanging up his boots.

The ex-midfielder had to start off his coaching career at Manchester City to earn enough stripes to warrant a job in the hot seat and he told France Football it is a 'shame' he and many other former Arsenal players aren't given a chance to get experience under Wenger's wing.

"I'm not saying Arsene didn’t give me the desire to manage. He might have done so without me realising but he never guided me, never showed me the way," Vieira said, as per The Mirror.

"Maybe Arsene wanted his former players to do it on their own. I find that a bit of a shame because all those who left Arsenal and who are managers always got on well with him."

Many great players have graced The Emirates and before that, Highbury, in an Arsenal shirt over the last two decades - none more so than the 'Invincibles' - but not many have gone on to become equally great managers.

Vieira thinks that the club could be wasting a big opportunity by not keeping the door open for ex-stars to return and pass on their experience.

He added: "It's a bit sad to not see old players in Arsenal's staff," Vieira added. "I'm not [just] talking about the first team. There's only Freddie Ljungberg.

"They love the club. After that, it’s not because we played at Arsenal that we deserve to be a manager. All is earned but the desire is there."

As well as the effect on the current players, fans also appreciate seeing legends stay involved with the club, however, Wenger has always tried to keep a steady backroom team behind him throughout his tenure.

It does make it harder for the likes of Vieira to pursue careers after playing but it doesn't appear to be working out too badly for him at the moment so perhaps Wenger knows what he is doing after all.

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