?Arsenal double-winning star Emmanuel Petit
“I spoke to [Vieira] a few months before he left for MLS, there were representatives of Manchester City there,” Petit said.
“And I said that I was very surprised that Manchester City would offer a player who is so closely identified with Arsenal a job at their youth academy, like [Mikel] Arteta with [Pep] Guardiola.”
The French midfielder went on to namecheck other big stars that, he feels could’ve been integrated into the Arsenal backroom set up.
“I think Arsenal have missed a trick there, because there are other emblematic players who have left: [Dennis] Bergkamp is at Ajax, Thierry [Henry] is with Belgium.”
However, it seems that one Petit is most aggrieved about his former club passing over is his ex-captain Vieira:
“There was also his position on the pitch which helped. At Arsenal, he was an immense captain.”