Patrick Vieira tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Patrick Vieira tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Patrick Vieira tipped to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Arsenal fans were desperate to avoid facing Atletico Madrid before the final as the Spanish giants remain the top contenders to lift this season's Europa League trophy.

That is Arsenal's only remaining hope of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

"It will be a tough tie for us but it was always going to be that way at this stage of the competition, which is attritional and tough to win".

"I would say most of the time, after the Europa League games, it was a help [to have him] because I could rest some players and bring someone fresh in", Wenger said.

On Wilshere whose deal runs out at the end of the season, Wenger said: "I can not give you any news".

The 41-year-old spent nine successful years at Arsenal winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the club.

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Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Vieira is under consideration by the Arsenal board as a coach that could one day manage the club, whether that be as Wenger's replacement or further down the line.

"We have a big opponent with Atletico Madrid".

Wenger insisted the poor Stoke attendance - announced as an almost-capacity 59,000 because of season ticket sales - had been down to Easter holiday commitments.

"The performances just haven't been good enough". It's absolutely important we maintain that record at home. "When you commit so many team mistakes, away or home, you get punished and Sunday proved that".

Viera holds a legend status at the club and would be welcomed by the fans; he is now enjoying a managerial spell at Major League Soccer club New York City FC, taking charge in 2016. "Atletico Madrid are seen as the favourite to win the competition but I believe, at our best, we can beat them".

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