Robert Pires backs Arsenal great to take over from Wenger

Wenger Reyes

Wenger Reyes

Robert Pires believes Patrick Vieira is better suited to succeeding Arsene Wenger than current favourite Mikel Arteta.

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, who emerged as a frontrunner for the post this week, seems to staying put also after the club's director of football released a statement confirming the 30-year-old would be going nowhere.

A coach at Manchester City Mikel Arteta is very close to becoming the next Arsenal manager, after another day of progress and productive talks between the former player and the club.

Is Arteta a good fit?

Vieira is now being linked with the manager job at Ligue 1 club Nantes.

Wenger's assistant Steve Bould has also been offered a new role but the former defender hasn't yet given an indication of his future and is understood be weighing up an offer from recently relegated Stoke City.

Pep Guardiola, in his turn, noted he would not stand in Arteta's way if Arsenal come calling. He was a player who could see passes others couldn't and was respected wherever he went as he played in a more advanced role at Everton but returned to a more defensive role in central midfield at Arsenal.

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.

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.

Arteta has come out of left-field a little, especially with no prior managerial experience, but in many regards he would be the flawless choice to not only replace Wenger but keep the playing style and culture he cultivated intact.

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