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Arsenal Want Patrick Vieira Back To Head Up Youth Academy

Former midfielder is wanted by Emirates Stadium club to head up youth development.

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Former midfielder Patrick Vieira is wanted back at Arsenal to head up the club’s youth academy, according to the Daily Mail.

Manager Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new man to head up the academy at the Emirates Stadium following club legend Liam Brady’s decision to leave the position he has held since 1996 at the end of next season.

Wenger wants Vieira, who played 406 times in an Arsenal shirt, to return to north London, where he spent nine successful seasons during an illustrious playing career, to replace Brady in the role heading up youth development at the club.

Vieira’s former Arsenal team-mate Dennis Bergkamp, who is now assistant to Frank De Boer at Ajax, is also thought to be in the frame for the position.

Since signing off his playing days, which included spell at Cannes, AC Milan, Juventus and Inter Milan, back in the Premier League with Manchester City, Vieira has been employed in an ambassadorial role at the Etihad Stadium.

The 36-year-old Vieira is regarded as Manchester City’s football development executive, which he took up in 2011 when retiring from the game.

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