Vieira travels to the Emirates Stadium on Monday for an event that will bring back countless memories for the former Arsenal and France star.
Published: October 16, 2021 11:38 PM |
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LONDON: Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira looks forward to an emotional return to Arsenal as he prepares to take on his old club for the first time in his coaching career.
Vieira is traveling on Monday for an occasion at the Emirates Stadium that will bring back countless memories for the former star of Arsenal and France.
The 45-year-old won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with Arsenal and led them in the undefeated Premier League « Invincible » season 2003/04 as captain.
After moving from AC Milan in 1996, he played around 400 games for the Gunners – one of Arsene Wenger’s smartest new signings.
« I’m very happy on it, « said Vieira. « I had the chance to play for this football club for nine years. I came to this football club as a child and left as a man.
» This is the club where I played my best football, I would say . Obviously it will be emotional to go back there, but I’ll put that aside because it will be important for us to perform well and get points. «
Vieira finally went to Juventus in 2005, but his contribution was too Arsenal’s glory days guarantee him a rousing reception from Gunners fans on Monday.
When asked if it will be difficult to contain his emotions, Vieira said: « I’ll answer that question after the game. » / p> “Nine years is quite a long time. We have been successful during that time and I was delighted to be part of a generation of players who are making history for this football club.
« Coming back there will be emotional, yes, but the focus and concentration will be on it lie how we can perform well to have more chances of getting what we want. «
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League since Vieira left north London and have been stuck for several years in mediocrity.
« That’s a question that should really be asked of people who have been to this football club, » said Vieira of Arsenal’s discomfort.
« I don’t want to go into details because it’s difficult to talk about when you don’t have all the information. «
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