Patrick Vieira will reportedly have the support of former Arsenal team-mate Edu if he chooses to apply for the current managerial vacancy at the Emirates.

Unai Emery was sacked in November after a year-and-a-half in charge at the club, the first man to oversee the side since the exit of Arsene Wenger.

The Spaniard improved the side in his first campaign as they earned seven more points in the PL and reached the final of the Europa League, but the team fell apart on and off the pitch in the early stages of his second season.

Interim manager Freddie Ljungberg has been charged with rebuilding the team’s confidence in the immediate future but one of his one-time team-mates Vieira has been linked with the full-time role.

Patrick began his coaching career in the Manchester City youth set-up but is now in charge at OGC Nice in Ligue 1 and is said to be interested in the chance to return to the Premier League.

According to the Sunday Times, Patrick has told friends he would like to come back to the Gunners, for whom he won three PL titles and was part of the legendary ‘Invincibles’ line-up.

And another of his former Arsenal team-mates Edu, who is now in technical director at the Emirates, is reportedly backing the Frenchman for the role.

The Brazilian is not the only one either with another ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit backing Patrick to do the job.

‘I would like Vieira to be Arsenal manager, that an ex-Gunner takes responsibility,’ he told the French radio station RMC.

‘When I see what Frank Lampard is doing with Chelsea despite it being his first big test with a big club, why not imagine that the same success would be possible with a former Gunner?

‘The problem with Freddie is that I don’t know what he is capable of. He was also Emery’s assistant.