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Vieira '300%' focused on Nice amid Arsenal links

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira played down speculation of a return to the Gunners after Unai Emery’s exit.

Nice head coach Patrick Vieira
Nice head coach Patrick Vieira

PATRICK VIEIRA DISMISSED talk about the Arsenal vacancy as the Nice head coach insisted he is “300%” focused on the Ligue 1 side.

Former Arsenal captain Vieira has emerged as a candidate to replace Unai Emery, who was sacked by the struggling Premier League club last week.

But Vieira – a three-time Premier League champion with Arsenal – played down the speculation ahead of Nice’s Ligue 1 clash against Metz on Saturday.

“I don’t have any comments,” Vieira told reporters. “Sincerely. It’s a question I don’t have to answer.

“Sincerely, I am 100% focused on what I have to do here. And I think I have a lot of things to do here. And I don’t want to spread myself over anything.

“I am 300% focused on how I can try to find solutions to be more constant, to win more games. Find solutions to get the best of my players. I want to put my energy and my concentration only on that.”

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Nice are 14th in Ligue 1 this season, five points above the relegation play-off spot following just one win in four matches.

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Vieira said: “I communicate a lot with Julien [Fournier, football director], with the president [Jean-Pierre Rivere] and with Mr. Ratcliffe [owner]. I have their support. 

“We talk, we discuss. The goal is to find solutions, to improve. I have never felt the slightest doubt about their attitude to my work. It’s reassuring.”

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