Mikel Arteta praises ‘remarkable’ Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hailed Patrick Vieira as a “remarkable” player and a unique talent.

Vieira has won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups with the Gunners, commanding them in their unbeaten season at the Invincibles.

He takes his team from Crystal Palace to Emirates Stadium on Monday night as he prepares to meet Arsenal for the first time as manager.

Vieira was linked with the vacant Arsenal job before Arteta, another former club captain, landed the job.

The two have never played for the same Arsenal squad and only crossed paths a few times as opponents, but Arteta had no doubts how good Vieira was during his time at Arsene midfielder. Wenger.

“He was very dominant,” Arteta said of his palace counterpart.

“He was really good physically, technically too, he had the right temperament, he was brave and he could score goals. He could do a little bit of everything and he was remarkable.

Arteta and Vieira have rarely met on the pitch as players (Rebecca Naden / PA)

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“Patrick was Patrick. There will be no other like him.

“He is an Arsenal legend and I hope he will receive the welcome he deserves for what he has done for the club, not only as a player but also what he has conveyed in as a person. He was captain of the club in the most successful era of the last few years and it’s great to find him again. “

An Arteta midfielder will not be able to appeal when the Eagles make the trip through London on Monday night is Granit Xhaka.

The Switzerland international has been sidelined by a knee injury sustained in the North London derby victory over Tottenham last month.

Arteta praised Xhaka’s determination to come back sooner after the setback and, asked if the player could come back faster than the three months originally planned, he said: “With Granit, I don’t know.

“What I’m sure is if you tell him three [months], he will think two. He’ll try to trim the edges and do some extra work to try and minimize that time, that’s for sure.

“We have to do it the right way because it’s a major injury and we want to get him back properly when he can.”

Gabriel Martinelli could also be missing after Arteta revealed he suffered a minor injury last week.

The Brazilian forward has not played in the Premier League since the 2-0 loss to Chelsea on August 22, but Arteta has no plans to send the 20-year-old on loan in January and wants Martinelli to be develops at Arsenal.

Gabriel Martinelli has had his playing time limited this season (Facundo Arrizabalaga / PA)

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“No, I’m very happy with him and we’re not thinking of anything like that,” he replied when asked if a loan move could be considered.

“[He is not playing a lot of minutes] because of the number of players we have in those positions, first of all.

“He played a few games, he started against Brentford and he also started against Chelsea.

“Unfortunately, he got injured last week. It’s a minor injury but we don’t know if he will be available for Monday but we have a lot of confidence in Gabby and we have to find the right space for him to grow within the squad.

“If you look at the number of games he’s played, it’s obvious that the injuries he suffered were big setbacks with him. We sometimes forget his age, what he has done and where he is, and we also have to try to help him maintain that balance. “

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