Patrick Vieira urges Arsenal to keep Unai Emery in charge – despite wanting job

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‘I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems’: Patrick Vieira urges Arsenal to keep Unai Emery in charge – despite previously admitting it is his dream to take charge of the Gunners

  • Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has offered his thoughts on Unai Emery’s tenure
  • Despite previously admitting he wants job, he insists Arsenal should keep boss
  • Vieira says a change of boss is unlikely to fix the Gunners’ problems this season
  • Frenchman is in charge of Nice but has said that Arsenal and France are pinnacle

Patrick Vieira has told Arsenal supporters to back embattled boss Unai Emery – despite previously admitting he would love to take over as manager.

Emery is under-fire at the Emirates with his side languishing in sixth – below newly-promoted Sheffield United – following their latest defeat away at Leicester.

Vieira, who is currently in charge of Ligue 1 side Nice, is a club legend and despite his personal ambitions he has urged the club to stick by their manager.   

Patrick Vieira has given his thoughts on Unai Emery and Arsenal's current top-flight struggles

Patrick Vieira has given his thoughts on Unai Emery and Arsenal’s current top-flight struggles

Emery is under huge pressure with his side languishing in sixth in the Premier League table

Emery is under huge pressure with his side languishing in sixth in the Premier League table

‘It’s true Arsenal are going through a tough spell,’ Vieira said. ‘But I haven’t watched all their matches, so I can’t talk about their game. 

‘They have a coach who is qualified and who works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it’s important to be united. I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell.

‘We have to get behind him and give him time to change things. I am not sure a change of manager will fix the problems.’

Emery is the favourite to be sacked next in some bookies’ markets, and Vieira’s comments come just months after he admitted his desire to manage Arsenal.

Emery was all smiles at the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon despite some poor results

Emery was all smiles at the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Nyon despite some poor results

Vieira (right) is an Arsenal legend and has previously admitted his desire to manage the club

Vieira (right) is an Arsenal legend and has previously admitted his desire to manage the club

He began his managerial career in the youth team at Manchester City, before heading stateside to New York City, before returning to Europe with Nice last year. 

Responding to a question about where he’d like to coach in the future, he said: ‘If it’s my dream to coach Arsenal or France? Yes, like any player, when we do this job we want to touch the very high level.

‘But the very high level I can touch with Nice from the moment we give ourselves the means to succeed and from the moment the way which we work is quite consistent.

‘But we do this job, and I do this job, to one day to be the coach of a team that participates in the Champions League.’

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