Vieira, captain on Wenger's iconic Invincibles side, was mooted as an early contender but reports on Tuesday claimed the New York City FC manager felt disappointed, under the impression he had been considered an afterthought by the Arsenal board.
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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has become increasingly convinced that the Spaniard, now Pep Guardiola's assistant coach at Manchester City, is the right man for the job.
New players may be arriving, and depending on the calibre of the new manager, numerous faces may be world class and considering Arsenal are not short of funds, the new boss would surely like to upgrade on the squad with some big names.More news: A Prince symphony concert series has been announced
Celtic's Brendan Rodgers and former Arsenal great Patrick Viera were also among the names to be chosen for the job. "I think all of them could manage Arsenal", Pires said in an interview with BTSport.com.
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"It will be very hard for me [without Arsenal]", Wenger said.
Arteta meanwhile has reached the point in his negotiations with Arsenal where he has "named potential staff and the financial package required", and among the people he wants working with him is Santi Cazorla.More news: CBS adds revival of 'Murphy Brown' and new take on 'Magnum PI'
A 68-year-old Arsene Wenger headed Arsenal since 1996.