Steve Bould is the right man to replace Arsene Wenger, says former Arsenal favourite Patrick Vieira

Bould is the right man to replace Wenger, says former Arsenal midfielder Vieira

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12:46 GMT, 18 September 2012

Former Arsenal favourite Patrick Vieira has backed Steve Bould to take over as boss when Arsene Wenger calls it a day.

Ex-Gunners defender and youth team coach Bould was named Wenger's No 2 in the summer after Pat Rice stepped down.

Perfect fit: Steve Bould has been backed to succeed Arsene Wenger

Perfect fit: Steve Bould has been backed to succeed Arsene Wenger

And Vieira, who won the Premier League title three times at Arsenal, claims his former team-mate is the perfect man to replace the Frenchman.

He told talkSPORT: 'I'm not surprised [to see Bould linked with the Arsenal manager's job].

Impressed: Patrick Vieira

Impressed: Patrick Vieira

'Steve's been with the youth team at Arsenal for a long time and I know how dedicated he is.

'He loves being a coach and would be the perfect successor to Arsene Wenger. He knows the club and young players better than anyone else and he's got this passion and desire to be a manger. It would be really good for Arsenal.'