Vieira wades into Wenger debate


LONDON. — Patrick Vieira believes Arsene Wenger still has a clear vision for Arsenal’s future and will know when to step down as manager.

The former Gunners captain, now head coach at MLS franchise New York FC, fuelled rumours of a rift with his mentor in January by revealing he’d not spoken to his compatriot in “a very long time”.

Despite also claiming that Jose Mourinho had more influence on his career, the Frenchman has waded into the debate over Wenger’s future by claiming that the banner, displayed by supporters after the win at Hull City, showed a lack of respect.

“I was surprised and I was a bit disappointed at the same time (by the banner),” the Frenchman told TalkSport.

“Fans can be frustrated, but fans sometimes forget what Arsene has brought to this football club and I think he deserves a bit more respect. Fans can boo and show their anger, but the way they did it with that banner showed too much lack of respect. But this is the way it is, this is football but it shouldn’t be like that.”

“Arsene will know when it is time for him to go. He knows what he is doing,” the World Cup winner added.

“He loves the game, he works really hard, he’s a work addict.” — AFP

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