Robert Pires says Patrick Vieira is 100 per cent ready to succeed Arsene Wenger and he hopes the club give his compatriot a call this summer.
The Gunners have begun their search for a new manager and their former captain is thought to be high on the list of potential candidates.
In recent days, Vieira, who is currently the head coach at MLS franchise New York City FC, has played down speculation linking him with a return to the Gunners although he did admit he’s proud to see his name connected with such a high profile position.
Asked by beIN SPORTS whether he former teammate has what it takes to manage Arsenal, Pires mused: “Right now? To be manager of Arsenal, if we talk about Patrick Vieira? Of course, he’s my friend. I talk a lot with him. I can reply, yes, of course.
“I think Patrick Vieira is ready because he’s doing very well with New York City for the last three seasons.
“He has a lot of quality, a lot of capacity to be a manager for Arsenal. I don’t know what’s happening during the summer, but I think Arsenal and Vieira, yeah, it should be good…very good.
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“I can imagine him in the dressing room to give some advice to the players. Now he’s a manager, not a player, that’s why he’s doing very well with New York City. I say again, I think Vieira is ready for Arsenal, I’m 100 per cent sure.”
Asked what Vieira would say if the Gunners board made an official approach, Pires went on: “I hope he will say yes, I’m ready. And I’ll come to take your seat on the bench. Is it possible? It’s my dream, yes. Patrick, come home. See you soon!”