Vieira set for emotional Arsenal return
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Vieira set for emotional Arsenal return

Patrick Vieira is set for an emotional return to Arsenal as he prepares to face his former side for the first time in his managerial career. 

The Frenchman enjoyed a hugely successful career at the London club, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

He also captained the side through their famous 'Invincibles'  2003/04 season. 

Speaking ahead of the match, Vieira opened up on what it means for him. 

"I am really looking forward to it," Vieira said. "I had the chance to play for this football club for nine years. I arrived at this football club when I was a kid and I left as a man.

"That is the club where I played my best football, I would say. So obviously going back there will be emotional, but I will put that on the side because it will be important for us to perform well and to get points."

"Nine years is quite a long period of time. In that period we were successful and I was really pleased to be part of a generation of players who make history for this football club.

"Going back there will be emotional, yes, but the focus and the concentration will be how can we perform well to have more chance of getting what we want."

A win for Crystal Palace would see them move above the Gunners on the table. 

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