On this day in 2011, Patrick Vieira called time on a brilliant career in which he represented teams Arsenal, Manchester City and France with distinction.
Signed as a relative unknown from AC Milan in 1996, Vieira went on to become the linchpin of Arsenal’s midfield for almost a decade, inspiring the side to a host of triumphs as captain of Arsene Wenger’s side.
In total, Vieira won three Premier League titles, three FA Cups and three Community Shields with Arsenal, though he will always be best remembered as the captain of the Invincibles.
He left north London on a high, scoring the winning penalty as Arsenal beat their old foes Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final before going on to join Juventus, Inter Milan and finally City.
At international level he also lifted the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with France, but it’s pointless trying to sum up his brilliance with a list of honours, so we’ve left it to those who knew him best, including, of course, Roy Keane.
Eartha Pond does her best work off the pitch.
Paolo Di Canio was a bit mad. Mad but brilliant.
“No one can be the next Gazza.”
You really have to see this to believe it.
Will any of these keep their places this weekend?
Is Rashford really as good as Mbappe and Dembele?
Ioannou is delivering on his promise with APOEL.
Which teams made the most changes?
What a goal this would have been.
Seven minutes to get all 30.