Arsenal should consider Patrick Vieira as manager after Unai Emery, believes Nigel Winterburn

Patrick Vieira has been touted as a future Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal cannot let Unai Emery go the same way as Arsene Wenger and should be considering Patrick Vieira as a potential replacement, believes club legend Nigel Winterburn.

Emery is under pressure at the Emirates after a patchy start to the season which has seen them win just four of their opening 10 Premier League matches.

The Spaniard is also dealing with issues away from the results, with captain Granit Xhaka clashing with fans as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Winterburn does not expect Emery to get the axe any time soon, believing he will still be in charge at the end of the season, but as fans continue to question his methods, the former Gunners defender does not want to see the poisonous atmosphere of a couple of years ago return to the Emirates.

‘I always said that when Unai Emery came in he would get at least two years. To be fair last year wasn’t his team,’ Winterburn told

‘Now he’s had significant funds this season to make those changes. He’s brought in younger players which I agree with. But I would think that if Arsenal don’t get into the top four there will be a review.

Unai Emery is under pressure in north London (Picture: Getty Images)

‘They can’t get into the same position as with Arsene Wenger where 50 per cent of the supporters want him to stay and the other 50 per cent want him out and every time something goes wrong on the pitch it’s almost as if the supporters are in crisis with each other.’

Winterburn is already considering who should replace Emery in the hot seat, and feels that a former players is the right way to go.

He sees current Arsenal coach Freddie Ljungberg and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta as options, but feels that former captain Vieira is the most interesting option.

‘I don’t know if they would be as brave to go with someone like Ljungberg or Arteta. They may be terrific coaches but when you take that manager’s role it steps up another couple of levels again.

‘I would say keep an eye on what’s happening with Patrick Vieira. If someone like that could prove they are able to run a club in the right way, then Arsenal may look towards that eventually.’

Vieira is currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, taking over in June last year and enjoying a solid first season in charge, finishing seventh.

However, the current campaign is not going especially well for the World Cup winner, with three straight Ligue 1 defeats leaving Nice 15th in the table.

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