Arsenal's Patrick Vieira celebrates scoring their first goal against Tottenham during the FA Cup Semi Final game at Old Trafford, Manchester, Sunday April 8, 2001. Arsenal defeated Tottenham 2-1. (AP Photo/PA, David Davies)
Patrick Vieira is ready.
The former Arsenal FC midfielder and current head coach of New York City FC responded to a question about his growth as a coach during his three seasons in the Bronx by saying, “I am better than I was a few years ago. I have a clear idea of how we want to play and what I want from the players in each position. It’s much better than it was in the first year.”
The query came amid rumors that he is a possible successor to replace Arsene Wenger with the Gunners.
“If the question is, ‘Am I ready?’ Yes I’m ready,” Vieira said.
Wenger announced last week that this season would be his last at Arsenal. According to multiple reports, he has endorsed Vieira as a potential replacement after 22 years in North London.
While it is evident Vieira will one day elevate his coaching game at the elite levels of European soccer, he can envision a scenario where he extends his employment with NYCFC.
“Yeah, why not?” Vieira said. “My contract is at least ’til the end of the season. After that, anything can happen.”
As of mid-week, Arsenal FC had not made any contact with their former captain.
“No, honestly and seriously, no,” Vieira said when asked if he has been approached by the EPL club. “When your name is linked to big teams in Europe it’s good. People are following you and see you are doing a good job. But my head and my mind and my energy is on how to win the next game here.”
In a previous interview with Pro Soccer USA, Vieira said he was happy with his current job.
This Sunday, NYCFC will host the lone remaining unbeaten team in Major League Soccer, FC Dallas.