Edu favours Vieira in Arse­nal’s man­age­rial pur­suit

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Arse­nal tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Edu is re­port­edly eye­ing up his for­mer team­mate Pa­trick Vieira for the va­cant man­ager’s po­si­tion at the club.

Edu, 41, had a four year stint with the Gun­ners where he played alongside then club cap­tain Vieira in the record break­ing 2003/04 in­vin­ci­bles team.

And now the Brazil­ian has iden­ti­fied the French mid­fielder as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment for Unai Emery, who was sacked in Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to The Times.

Vieira is cur­rently man­ager of Ligue 1 side Nice and is un­der­go­ing a lack­lus­ter sea­son in the French top-flight. His side are cur­rently 13th in the ta­ble with seven wins and eight losses.

The French­man has since con­firmed his in­ter­est in the job say­ing: ‘You know, a club that you spend nine years in, can­not leave you un­moved.’

Vieira is not the only for­mer player who has been linked with the job, how­ever, as Mikel Arteta is still in the pic­ture to be of­fered the job and step down as as­sis­tant man­ager at Manch­ester City.

Fred­die Ljung­berg - an­other mem­ber of the ‘in­vin­ci­ble’ ti­tle win­ners at Arse­nal - is cur­rently in in­terim charge at the Emi­rates but has failed to turn the club’s for­tunes thus far.

For­mer Bay­ern Mu­nich boss Niko Ko­vac has also re­cently ex­pressed his in­ter­est in the job and is ex­pected to at­tend their next match in the stands.

The Gun­ners need to as­sure that the next ap­point­ment is the right one, as both the fans and play­ers seemed to have lost some faith at this stage of the sea­son.

Arse­nal have dropped into the bot­tom half of the Premier League ta­ble and face West Ham United on Mon­day night.

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