Patrick Vieira: Arsenal job not in my mind after Unai Emery sacking

17/01/20 7:20am

Patrick Vieira held talks with Arsenal when Arsene Wenger left, but was not in the frame to replace Unai Emery

Patrick Vieira has revealed he was not interested in the Arsenal job when it became available following Unai Emery`s sacking in November.

Vieira is currently in his second year as head coach at French Ligue 1 side Nice after also managing New York City FC but has no plans to return to England.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Vieira confirmed he had held talks with Arsenal - where he was a key player for nine seasons - when Arsene Wenger left, but said: It was just a conversation about my situation, where I am, what is the next step. Nothing came of it.

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No such conversations took place when Emery left, and Vieira is fully focused on his task at Nice and is not currently contemplating a move to the Premier League.

No (there was no contact), but there is no place in my mind to have those kind of conversations. My focus is here. This project suits who I am and what I want to achieve.

This rumour about the Arsenal job is not something that bothered me. I don`t know what the future holds but that is why I don`t want to put my brain somewhere that doesn`t exist. This club knows I want to stay and I know they want me to stay, 100 per cent.

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