Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes Arsene Wenger has earned the right to decide his future.
The Arsenal Manager has come under intense pressure to quit after almost 22 years as manager of the club, but Vieira, who captain the famous Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ when they won their last Premier League title in 2004, believes his compatriot has earned the right to choose when he wants to leave the club.
“I think if it’s the end of the story, he’ll be the first to recognize it,” he told L’Equipe.
“And I would still like to add that in relation to everything he has done for the club, in relation to what he has built and what he has won, he is legitimate enough to decide for himself when he will retire.
“He has the right to make this decision himself.”
The Gunners have been on a terrible run of form in the Premier League, losing their last four encounters, but defeated Milan 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League knockout encounter on Thursday and lie sixth in the table, 13 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.
“I know what I’m talking about, because the same clubs contacted me and told me, when I met them, that their number one goal was to bring in Arsene. He said no to everyone to stay at, and today people forget about it.”