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PATRICK VIEIRA says he is ready to take on the challenge of managing Arsenal.
Current boss Arsene Wenger will step down at the end of the season and not see out the final year of his contract.
Vieira is still a legendary figure at the club where he won three Premier League titles.
And his name has been regularly banded about in discussions about potential replacements for Wenger.
The World Cup winner is currently employed by New York City FC who he has turned into a serious MLS contender.
Goal.com asked Vieira on Tuesday how he had improved as a coach from the start of his NYCFC tenure to now.
The former Juventus star took the question to be asking whether he considers himself ready to take on the role of Arsenal manager.
“If the question is if I’m ready,” Vieira said. “Yes I’m ready.”
But, when asked if he had been contacted by Arsenal about the soon-to-be-vacant managerial position, the 41-year-old was clear.
“Honestly, and seriously, no,” said Vieira, who is in the final year of a three-year contract with NYCFC.
“Why not? I still have, of course, next year,” he said.
“It’s going to be my contract at least until the end of the season.
“And then after that anything can happen, but I have a contract until the end of the season.”
Arsenal take on Atletico Madrid on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final (8.05pm).