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Report: NYCFC’s Vieira put off by Arsenal conversation

Manchester City U21 v Tottenham Hotspur U21: Barclays U21 Premier League

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Patrick Vieira the coach of Manchester City U21 shouts instructions to his players during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Manchester City U21 and Tottenham Hotspur U21 at The Academy Stadium on August 14, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Maybe next time call him when you’re serious, Arsenal.

Patrick Vieira feels like his former club only called him about their open manager’s position as a “token gesture,” according to Sky Sports.

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The New York City FC boss and Arsenal hero, 41, has been hailed for the job he’s done in taking over for Jason Kreis at the Bronx-based MLS club in 2016.

Sky says Arsenal will begin its interview process this week, and that Mikel Arteta is the favorite. As for Vieira:

Vieira, who is currently head coach of MLS side New York City FC, was left disappointed after speaking with the club and feels the call was merely a token gesture to one of their former players.

Vieira played nine of his 18 professional seasons with the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

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