Patrick Vieira 'upset' with Arsenal over 'token gesture'

Patrick Vieira 'upset' with Arsenal over 'token gesture'

The veteran Frenchman is ending a 22-year stay at Arsenal but he has yet to confirm his next move, while former player Mikel Arteta is reportedly the front-runner to succeed him at Emirates Stadium.

Patrick Vieira is on the shortlist for the Nantes job after falling down the pecking order in the race to become the new Arsenal manager.

Vieira, captain on Wenger's iconic Invincibles side, was mooted as an early contender but reports on Tuesday claimed the New York City FC manager felt disappointed, under the impression he had been considered an afterthought by the Arsenal board.

Despite this belief, Gazidis will interview other candidates, although Sky Sports says that Thierry Henry "has not been contacted about the vacant role".

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Former Arsenal midfielder Arteta, who has been working as assistant coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, has no management experience. The club's director of football Alexander Rosen has told the German media that "Nagelsmann will be our coach next season, 100%".

It is now seen as highly unlikely that Arsenal would be able to come to an agreement with Juventus' Max Allegri and in the meantime talks with Arteta and his representatives have reached the point where he has named potential staff and the financial package required.

Cazorla, who has been at Arsenal since 2012, has been out with a serious injury for the past 19 months.

Now in charge of New York City, Vieira is said to be mystified over whether he has ever been under serious consideration.

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