Wenger has finally spoken on former Gunner Patrick Vieira’s link to Arsenal.

Rumors sprung earlier this week that the 33-year-old is now Arsenal bound after turning down a degrading move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Wenger is certain Vieira will be welcomed on his second coming to north London, and is assured the player himself is eying an Arsenal move as he looks to end his stay at Inter Milan.

Arsene expects Vieira to reunite with Arsenal if the stars are aligned.

“I speak to Patrick,” he said. “I speak to many players who have been here because I keep good connections with them.

“He has gone through a difficult period in the last season and I am aware that he wants to come here.

“I think Patrick is a legend here and he would always like to come back to this Club. That would be his first choice.

“He is a professional footballer with emotion and you always like the club where you’ve spent time. But as a professional as well, you always give 100 per cent for whichever club you sign for.”

The manager would like to carefully consider his options before doing the rare by bringing back the man he sold to Juventus in 2005.

“At the moment we need to look at the level of experience in our squad to make this kind of decision,” he said.

“There is a football decision and then there’s the psychological impact of a player of that stature coming in.

“We are nowhere near to making a decision like that. But it is a possibility. We don’t rule it out and we don’t say we will do it. That’s my decision at the moment.”


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