Updated: May 26
Nice manager Patrick Vieira has hailed Mikel Arteta for galvanising the Arsenal squad.
Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira is pleased with how Mikel Arteta has steadied the ship at Arsenal, adding that the Spaniard has brought the energy back to the north London club. Arteta was named as Unai Emery's successor at the Emirates in December 2019 and has been impressive so far, losing only two out of 15 matches. However, ex-Gunners midfield marshall Vieira believes Arteta is the right man to lead the club at the moment. "When you're a Gunner, always a Gunner, so I'm watching them all the time, I watch their games," the OGC Nice head coach told Ian Wright in an interview for Adidas. "What is really interesting with Arteta is that he brings the energy back and it looks like they are playing for the club, but for the manager as well, and I think that is really important."
Vieira, who was linked with the Arsenal job before Arteta was named as the boss, also revealed his desire to manage a big club but insists he is happy with life at Ligue 1 side nice.
"I really don't know what the future will be, but doing this job it was like being a player," Vieira said. "I wanted to play at a high level, I wanted to play for the national team, I wanted to go to the World Cup, I wanted to play with the best players and there is no doubt as a coach I have the same kind of ambition. "I would want to manage a team that will have a chance to win the Champions League, to play the Champions League competition.
"But at the moment, honestly, right here at Nice I am in the perfect place, perfect place because I can fulfill my ambitions, the club is really ambitious and the club give me the tools to grow as a manager, but to be a part of a winning team and to play good competitions as well. "The team is growing up really fast, really quick and hopefully I can get my ambitions with OGC Nice."
The ex-Les Bleus midfielder Vieira won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups during his nine seasons with the Gunners.