Date: 9th December 2020 at 7:00am
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David Ornstein has been speaking on the latest edition of The Athletic’s The Ornstein & Chapman Podcast about news from the world of football.

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In what month did Mikel Arteta take over as the Arsenal boss?

One of the topics that he talked about was Patrick Vieira, who has been sacked by Nice in France, and what the future holds for him as a manager.

While Ornstein was talking about this, he discussed the fact that when Mikel Arteta was interviewed for the Arsenal job Vieira was as well, and there were a lot of things that went in his favour, but he can’t see him getting the job when Arteta does leave the Emirates.

He said: “He definitely was interviewed when Arteta got the job.

“There were a couple of meetings in London.

“He was quite a good fit in terms of the fact that he had Arsenal ‘DNA’ and Premier League experience as a player and top-level coaching experience with Nice.

“He’s certainly someone that will always be highly thought of at Arsenal, but having maybe not succeeded in the French league, I think it would be a tough argument.

“Whenever Arsenal do move on from Mikel Arteta – again, very hypothetically – I am not sure that you would then go for another ‘rookie’-type manager.”

Do you think Arsenal should avoid Vieira?

Yes, he isn't good enough

Yes, he isn't good enough

No, he could do a job

No, he could do a job

TIF Thoughts on Patrick Vieira and Arsenal…

It seems as if, in Ornstein’s opinion, Vieira might have missed his chance to be the Arsenal boss, and considering the Gunners chose Arteta over him last time, who at that point had never been a manager himself, maybe he just isn’t going to get the Arsenal job.

While he was Nice’s manager, he achieved finishes of sixth and seventh in Ligue 1, which are decent but maybe not the standard that Arsenal are looking for.

Arteta still has a contract until June 2023 anyway, so it is a bit early to be talking about when the Spaniard leaves, but when that does happen, we are not sure that Vieira will be the right man for the Arsenal job.