Vieira 100 per cent ready to manage Arsenal, says Pires

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The former Gunners star has been tipped to replace Arsene Wenger this summer and his old team-mate believes it would be an ideal match

Patrick Vieira has been backed to succeed departing manager Arsene Wenger at Arsenal by former team-mate Robert Pires.

The Gunners are set to enter a new era following Wenger's announcement last week that he will step down after a near 22-year tenure at the end of the season.

Luis Enrique, Massimiliano Allegri and Carlo Ancelotti have all been touted as potential replacements for the Frenchman, who has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups with Arsenal.

But former Arsenal stars Mikel Arteta and Vieira, who has been coach at New York City FC since January 2016, are also tipped to be in the running.

And Pires, part of the 'Invincibles' side captained by Vieira and managed by Wenger en route to winning the 2003-04 Premier League title, believes his fellow Frenchman is ready to replace their former boss.

"Arsenal and Vieira, yeah. Should be good, very good. I say again, I think Patrick Vieira is ready for Arsenal. 100 per cent, yes," Pires told beIN SPORTS.

"I think Patrick Vieira is ready, he's done very well with New York City for three seasons and has a lot of capacity to be Arsenal manager."

Vieira has not ruled himself out of the running for the job, saying that although he is still under contract at New York City FC, anything is possible.

"I still have [a contract], of course, [until] next year. It’s going to be my contract at least until the end of the season," he told reporters.

"And then after that anything can happen, but I have a contract until the end of the season.

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"When your name is linked with big teams in Europe it’s good. That just shows that people are following what you’re doing and you’re doing a good job."

However, the former France star told Goal that he feels capable of making the step to a club like Arsenal.

"If the question is if I’m ready: yes I’m ready," he added.