Nice manager Patrick Vieira has reportedly emerged as the favourite to replace Freddie Ljungberg as the next permanent Arsenal manager.
According to Nice-Matin newspaper, the former Arsenal skipper is said to be viewed by the board as the top candidate to replace Unai Emery.
Naija News reports that Manchester City’s Mikel Arteta, Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers and free agent Massimiliano Allegri have all been linked with the job too.
The former France midfielder, who was part of the famous Invincibles team under Arsene Wenger, spent nine years with the Gunners.
Vieira started his managerial career at Manchester City before moving to the United States to manage New York City FC.
He guided Nice to seventh in his first season at the club, but they are now 14th this term.
Vieira recently played down talk of a move back to Arsenal ahead of a match in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.
“I feel like it vexes you more than me or the club,” he told reporters.
“There is nothing to say about it. There is nothing serious, nothing real. I have no comments to make about that.”