The Gunners boss has played among his fair share of top talent during his illustrious playing career, but has presented himself in the Emirates long after Vieira left.
Since the Frenchman left in 2005, Arsenal has struggled to replace his old skipper with a tenacious tackle, and still seems to be missing in the middle of the park.
And while he has long since retired, Arteta admitted that a player of Vieira’s caliber would be a welcome addition to his side.
“Someone like Patrick would be great, some leaders that we have in the back, we had a lot of great players who were very successful with this football club,” he said on the official website of d ‘Arsenal.
Vieira made 406 appearances for Arsenal during his time at the club and led their famous Invincibles to undefeated victory in the 2004 season.
Arteta also recalled facing former Arsenal de Vieira teammate Thierry Henry during his days at Everton, hailing the striker as “unstoppable”.
But he chose not to name Henry, instead choosing former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, who graced the field as a player for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, among others.
“One player I admired a lot when I was young was Michael Laudrup,” added Arteta. “I liked him and the way he played. “
A bigger problem for Arteta this summer will be keeping its key stars, who are at a crossroads in their gunner careers.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to block a new contract and seems more and more inclined to move forward, Real Madrid and Barcelona being interested.
Chelsea are also reportedly looking to build muscle on the uncertainty surrounding the striker as they weighed in by making an offer to sign him at the end of the season.
In addition, Arsenal is now in contractual dispute with Mesut Ozil, who is one of three players to refuse a 12.5% pay cut in the context of the current economic crisis.
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Arteta’s remarks about Vieira’s leadership might perhaps be seen as a disguised blow to Ozil, and Sky Sports specialist Gary Neville criticized the German midfielder for not staying with his teammates.
Neville said, “The principle of not being together as a group is untenable. You are a team on and off the field.
“I don’t want to be one of the three who disagree. This will alienate them and isolate them from the rest. When a group of players vote on something, you accept it. ”