Patrick Vieira denies interviewing for Arsenal job but admits he was ‘flattered’ by Gunners links

first_imgPatrick Vieira insists he’s focused on his job at Nice (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira insists he had no contact with the Gunners over a return to the club as manager.Mikel Arteta was appointed on a three-and-a-half year deal last week and the club confirmed in their announcement that they had spoken to a number of candidates over the role.Vieira has long been tipped for a return to the Gunners, though he’s currently struggling with French side Nice, who are languishing in tenth in Ligue 1.Nevertheless, Vieira had been rumoured to have been one of the candidates that the club had spoken to but the former midfielder insists that was not the case.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Dec 2019 9:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment Arteta was hired on a three year deal last week (Picture: Getty)‘I do feel for Arsenal because I had nine fantastic seasons there and they’re going through difficult times,’ Vieira told Canal+.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Was I contacted? No. It’s flattering (to be linked) but I know how lucky I am to be at Nice. I don’t have intention or desire to go elsewhere.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta will take charge for the first time on Boxing Day when the Gunners take on Bournemouth on the south coast.The Spaniard was in the stands as Freddie Ljungberg took charge for the final time as interim boss when Arsenal drew 0-0 with Everton on Saturday.MORE: Jamie Redknapp: Mikel Arteta needs to sort behaviour issues of Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil & Granit Xhaka Patrick Vieira denies interviewing for Arsenal job but admits he was ‘flattered’ by Gunners linkslast_img read more