Emannuel Petit has questioned one of Arsene Wenger most well-known policies during his reign in north London.
Over the years, the Gunners have lost key players to rivals clubs in the Premier League and around Europe, prompting criticism from fans and pundits.
That trend has continued with former players who have gone on to work for other clubs’ coaching staff instead of Arsenal’s after retiring from the game.
Mikel Arteta was the most recent ex-Gunner to make that decision and former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit insists Wenger has made a mistake by not convincing some of his old employees to work with him again.
“I spoke to [Vieira] a few months before he left for MLS, there were representatives of Manchester City there,” Petit said, as quoted by the Standard
“And I said that I was very surprised that Manchester City would offer a player who is so closely identified with Arsenal a job at their youth academy, like [Mikel] Arteta with [Pep] Guardiola.”
“I think Arsenal have missed a trick there, because there are other emblematic players who have left: [Dennis] Bergkamp is at Ajax, Thierry [Henry] is with Belgium.”
“He [Vieira] was always a leader on the pitch, and has a personality that means he will impose himself and not let himself be pushed around,
“There was also his position on the pitch which helped. At Arsenal, he was an immense captain.”