Arsenal legend picks Patrick Viera, Mikel Arteta as 'perfect' managers to lead the Gunners
Arsenal legend picks Patrick Viera, Mikel Arteta as 'perfect' managers to lead the Gunners
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Arsenal legend picks Patrick Viera, Mikel Arteta as 'perfect' managers to lead the Gunners

Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has urged the club to target either Patrick Vieira or Mikel Arteta to take over at the club. 

The Gunners are in search of a permanent coach to take over from Unai Emery, who was sacked a week ago following a poor run of results. 

Freddie Ljungberg is currently at the helm of the club on an interim basis but is expected to relinquish his role once the search for a permanent coach is done.

The two former Gunners have been mentioned as possible frontrunners, together with the likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Nuno Espirito. 

Brendan Rodgers was also thought to be a target candidate, but he ruled himself out of the race after signing a new contract at Leicester. 

"Arsenal have to learn ­lessons from what happened at Manchester United and they have to be very careful when it comes to choosing the kind of manager they pick this time. If they go down the same route as Unai, I don’t know which way things will go," Seaman said, as quoted by Mirror.

"I want them to get a ­manager with a really strong personality. Either that or go the ­opposite way and get someone like Patrick Vieira or (Mikel) Arteta.

"If I had to choose ­between those two, then I would choose Patrick because he has had more experience as a manager.

"You’ve seen the reaction that the fans gave when ­Freddie [Ljungberg] was appointed ­caretaker manager," said ­Seaman. "That was great, but it needs to move on. Arsenal needs to get better," 
 
"Everyone thought, when Arsene left, the standard would move on, but I always said, ‘You need to hang on a ­little bit’ because the standards he set were so high," said Seaman.

Arteta is currently Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City, while Vieira is Nice's head coach. 

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