GETTY Massimiliano Allegri has been touted as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger
Club legend Patrick Vieira was also linked with the role but the former midfielder, now head coach at New York City, is no longer thought to be in the running.
The search has begun for Wenger's successor after his 22-year association ended with a win over Huddersfield Town on Sunday and the north London outfit are hopefully of naming a new manager before the start of the World Cup in Russian Federation.
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Patrick Vieira is understood to have viewed his approach as a 'token gesture', and The Telegraph reports that Arsenal are now planning to accelerate Arteta's appointment after the Spaniard was left as their only serious candidate. I think all of them could manage Arsenal.
"He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult".
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Despite missing training, he still made the nine-hour journey to South Africa with his teammates after being named in a 23-man squad.
Frenchman Pires - who enjoyed a successful six-year spell at Highbury before joining Villarreal in the summer of 2006 - believes all of the names linked could take on the role, but is in no doubt of the man he would like to see succeed Wenger.
Although CEO Ivan Gazidis wants to complete a thorough process in the search for Arsene Wenger's successor, no candidate ticks the boxes like the 36-year-old does.
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