Petit: Vieira unhappy with Wenger

The New York City manager is one of a number of former Gunners who have been forced to cut their coaching teeth elsewhere rather than be handed roles in north London.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has hit out at Arsene Wenger and claims Patrick Vieira is disgusted by the treatment he has received from his ex-manager.

Petit and Vieira won the Premier League title together in 1997-98, but the former has questioned why a number of Gunners favourites have not been given coaching opportunities at the Emirates Stadium.

Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Vieira have all had to cut their coaching teeth elsewhere having not been offered roles they were comfortable with in north London.

And Petit admits that Vieira is the most unhappy at not being given the chance to work alongside Wenger following his retirement.

Speaking to SFR, he said: “Why didn’t Arsene open the door to Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams?

“Arsene couldn’t imagine that anyone would criticise him openly on television, never mind a former Arsenal player.

“It is good to build statues to commemorate history. but at some point you have to open the doors to help them.

“When I see Dennis Bergkamp on Ajax’s bench, it doesn’t bother me, but I remember Dennis has a son in Arsenal’s academy.

“I was with Patrick two days before he went to the USA. There was an event organised by Manchester City in January, and I was one of four players invited by Patrick.