Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira: Ranking the five former Arsenal players who could replace Arsene Wenger as manager

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3) Mikel Arteta

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Mikel Arteta has been talked up as a possible Arsene Wenger replacement

Previously linked as a contender for the Arsenal job by the Daily Mirror, it’s thought former midfielder Mikel Arteta would be Wenger’s preferred option to succeed him.

The Spaniard was an intelligent footballer and good leader on the pitch during his playing days, and since hanging up his boots he’s been learning from the best as a member of Manchester City’s coaching team.

If anything from Pep Guardiola has rubbed off on Arteta he could be worth a gamble, but being the manager of a club is very different to his reduced role away from the spotlight at the moment.

2) Patrick Vieira

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Is Patrick Vieira ready to be the next Arsenal manager?

Another Arsenal legend linked with the job, there seems plenty of buzz about Patrick Vieira and the job he’s done with New York City FC.

Still, the Frenchman surely needs more experience in Europe before making the step up from American soccer to managing one of the big six in the Premier League.

Vieira was a superb player and leader when he captained the Gunners at his peak, and while he’s one of the better options of former players linked with the job, it’s still surely a little too soon for him too.

1) Giovanni van Bronckhorst

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst could be a decent shout as next Arsenal manager

Not an Arsenal legend by any stretch, but Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst may be the most qualified of former Arsenal players out there right now.

The Dutchman has impressed with Feyenoord, guiding them to their first Eredivisie title for 18 years when they won it last season.

The Daily Star linked him as a possible option for the Gunners earlier this season but speculation has died down since, though the club could surely do worse if they want to bring a former player back to lead the team.

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