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Arsenal legend backs ‘quality’ manager to become next Gunners boss

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Former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman has predicted who he thinks might end up as Mikel Arteta’s successor.

Patrick Vieira has a ‘good chance’ to become the next Arsenal manager.

That’s according to the Frenchman’s former teammate David Seaman. The pair played together in London for seven years from 1996 until 2003. They won seven trophies, including two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

While Seaman retired from the game in 2004, Vieira went on to further success before transitioning into a coach seven years later.

The ex-midfielder has impressed in his first season as a Premier League manager at Crystal Palace. The Eagles are up to ninth place in the standings and have played well. On Monday, they oversaw a stunning 3-0 win over Arsenal.

Can Vieira become the next Gunners boss?

Vieira’s progress has caught the eye of many fans and former players, including Seaman. The ex-goalkeeper has heard some rave reviews about the Frenchman. He even thinks a move to the Emirates may be on the horizon.

“There’s a good chance because of the experience he’s gaining,” Seaman said about Vieira, who has previously coached New York City FC and Nice, on the Seaman Says Podcast.

“I’m not wishing bad on Mikel [Arteta], but it’s something I thought of before Mikel to be honest. His experience in America, in France, I thought he might’ve been a better fit, but obviously, it’s totally different now.

“You hear from the lads on England duty and how they speak about Patrick. They love him. He’s projected his character onto them and he’s given them great advice. To have someone of that quality as manager, you must get some great advice from him.”

After a humbling defeat to Vieira’s Palace last time out, Arsenal hope to bounce back this weekend.

The Gunners will face Brighton at home on Saturday for their latest Premier League fixture. At the time of writing, Bet365 has priced a home win at 1.61. This suggests Arteta’s men have a 62% chance of all three points.