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Crystal Palace are set to visit Arsenal in the Emirates Stadium on Monday, 18th October.
Patrick Vieira is going to return there for the first time since his departure in 2005, which will be a significant moment for him.
Ahead of the Monday evening clash, Mikel Arteta has expressed his thoughts upon this, claiming that Vieira is a true ‘legend’ who ‘knows better than any other manager’.
“He is an Arsenal legend and I hope he gets the reception he deserves for what he did for the club, not only as a player but also what he transmitted as a person,” Arteta said.
“He was a captain of the club in the most successful era in the last many years and it is great to have him back.
“Recognising him the right manner, I think it’s really important and I’m sure that that will be the case.”
To the question of whether Arteta is surprised by the Eagles’ coach’s positive impact on the team, the Gunners’ boss replied.
“Well, he has already a couple of experiences [as a manager] and he knows the league really well,” he said. “You can see the touch that he is trying to put in the team and the things he is trying to implement there.
“Obviously, Patrick knows the league much better probably than any other manager because he has experienced it himself as a player and it’s great that he’s had the opportunity to do that.”
Source – Arsenal