Patrick Vieira
Date of birth June 23 1976
Birthplace Dakar, Senegal
Nationality Senegalese
Previous clubs Cannes (France), AC Milan (Italy)
Date signed 14.8.96 for 4,000,000

atrick Vieira is a quality central midfielder taken from the parking lot of players at Milan on Arsene Wenger's advice even before the new manager had arrived at Highbury.

Vieira's impact has been little short of sensational, recalling the days of Paul Davis - except that the Frenchman is producing high-class displays at such a tender age. Tall and elegant, technically sharp with a range of passing skills and physical strength, Vieira's presence lifted Arsenal prior to Wenger's appointment and continues to refine their footballing style under the new manager.

He can also get forward and score goals, producing one in the last seconds of a home game with Derby to secure a 2-2 draw and keep Arsenal at the top earlier in the season.

Vieira's age means that he could progress to be one of the great players at Arsenal.

Vieira Picture Archive  
Date Description View
10 Mar 97 Close up running towards camera.
10 Mar 97 Vieira running away from Poborsky.
10 Mar 97 Another close up.

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