Arsenal: 15 Candidates To Replace Arsene Wenger - From Least To Most Likely

16. Patrick Vieira

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The Gunners have been accused of lacking leaders on the pitch in recent times, so who better to grab the club by the scruff of the neck other than their celebrated former captain?

The towering and combative Frenchman led Arsenal to their historic, unbeaten title-winning campaign on the pitch in 2003-04, and his midfield battles with the equally pugnacious Roy Keane came to epitomise the fierce rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United during the late 90s and early 2000s.

Admittedly, this is more a romanticised suggestion than a totally serious one and Pep Guardiola's trophy-laden spell as Barcelona manager, having played for them, is more of an exception rather than the rule of returning ex-players. Plus Arsenal missed a trick by not offering Vieira a role within the club after his retirement, and he's more likely to take the reigns at Manchester City one day, given the fact he currently manages New York City FC under the same structure as the Sky Blues.


The name's Colbourn, James - yeah, doesn't quite have the same ring to it.