Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Wenger out bridage were unfair to outgoing Arsenal boss, says Robert Pires

Wenger out bridage were unfair to outgoing Arsenal boss, says Robert Pires

The former Arsenal captain, who made 406 appearances for the Gunners during a nine-year spell in north London, has been touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, who stepped down from his role at the end of the season after 22 years in charge.

The Spaniard and his representatives, on Tuesday, held advanced negotiations with Arsenal's hierarchy and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri remains most fans' first choice to replace Wenger, despite appearing to indicate his desire to honour the final year of his contract after securing a fourth straight league and cup double last weekend.

Mikel Arteta and Nagelsmann are purported to be the two men at the front of the queue for the Gunners' vacancy, but Hoffenheim believes its coach is going nowhere having led the club to a UEFA Champions League spot for the second season in a row.

Club legend Patrick Vieira was also linked with the role but the former midfielder, now head coach at New York City, is no longer thought to be in the running.

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Some domestic competitions, including the English Premier League , are also said to be firmly opposed to the idea. The tournaments could be approved at a FIFA Council meeting in Moscow in June.

Patrick Vieira is on the shortlist for the Nantes job after falling down the pecking order in the race to become the new Arsenal manager. "I think all of them could manage Arsenal", he told BTSport.

"With Vieira - and this is only my opinion - yes".

The former midfielder is now the head coach at New York City FC and he has been tipped for a big future in management.

A 68-year-old Arsene Wenger headed Arsenal since 1996.

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