Nice manager and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira has broken his silence about Arsenal after he was recently overlooked for the managerial job as Mikel Arteta was appointed instead.

After less than two years in charge of the team at the Emirates stadium, Unai Emery was sacked last month as a result of the worst run from the Gunners in three decades.

During the club’s search for a new manager over the past three weeks, various big names were thrown into the hat, as some rumours even linked Patrick Vieira with a famous return to his old club.

Reputable journalist David Ornstein reported last week that Arsenal had contacted Vieira along with as they searched for a replacement for Emery.

However, in his first words after the appointment of Mikel Arteta as the new Arsenal boss, the Frenchman has suggested that he was rather ignored by the Gunners as a candidate for the job.

“I do feel for Arsenal because I had nine fantastic seasons there and they’re going through difficult times. 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.” he said, as quoted by French journalist Matt Spiro

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