Robert Pires backs Arsenal great to take over from Wenger

Arsene Wenger: Mikel Arteta has quality to become Arsenal manager

Arsenal to open talks with Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta on Thursday

Patrick Vieira was left disappointed at Arsenal's "token gesture" after being contacted about the vacant managerial position at the club, say Sky sources.

Boro Primorac, a long-term coach and friend of Wenger, was always likely to leave and, as the outgoing manager prepares to clear his office later this week, a number of other backroom staff have also been relieved of their duties.

Former Arsenal midfielder Arteta, who is now a coach at Manchester City, is the overwhelming favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger in the next few weeks, after the club finished the interview process.

Unlike Arsenal, Hoffenheim are in the Champions League next season, yet the allure of the top job in north London would certainly test the Bundesliga club's and their manager's resolve.

The Spaniard's name was among the initial candidates following the confirmation that Wenger would be leaving the club after 22 years, and he is now said to be the favourite for the job.

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

Many have praised the Frenchman for all he has done not just for Arsenal but also for English football and the rise of the Premier League.

Therefore, all things considered, Pires think Vieira would be the flawless man to lead the Gunners into the next phase, more than any other potential candidate. Now in charge of New York City, Vieira is said to be mystified over whether he has ever been under serious consideration.

Arteta has coached under Guardiola for two years.

Although CEO Ivan Gazidis wants to complete a thorough process in the search for Arsene Wenger's successor, no candidate ticks the boxes like the 36-year-old does. I think all of them could manage Arsenal, " Pires said in an interview with BT Sport, ass quoted by the ESPN.

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