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.
Claude Puel soon turned it around at Leicester.
These are mightily impressive.
The Ox is justifying his decision to leave Arsenal
We all know who’s number one.
The Ox has found his feet at Liverpool.
It’s not even the first time this has happened.
Son Heung-min deserves much more celebration.
Plus why we’re scared of Antonio Conte.
Could a move to Manchester be imminent?
At least the mistake didn’t prove costly.