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Patrick Vieira: ‘I don’t think Arsenal did a lot wrong, Man City were just unstoppable’

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes his former club did all they could do to win the Premier League but thinks Manchester City were too strong.

The Gunners were at the top of the table for 248 days but did not win their first title in 19 years.

Dropped points against West Ham United, Liverpool and Southampton halted their charge, while defeats against Man City and Brighton & Hove Albion were also damaging.

However, Vieira believes City’s strength won them the title rather than Arsenal’s failures.

Vieria said (via the Evening Standard): “They have to be positive to build something out of this season and go even closer.

“I don’t think Arsenal did a lot wrong – City were just unstoppable.

“Many people believe Man United’s treble would never be matched, but now City are close.

“It would be an unbelievable achievement for City, just as it was for United. They are up there with the best.

“I think the ‘Invincibles’ will also one day be matched. City are in the debate [for the greatest English team] with United’s 1999 treble team and my ‘Invincibles’.”

Vieira also discussed the emergence of several managers from under the wings of City boss Pep Guardiola.

Mikel Arteta was an assistant to Guardiola at City before returning to take charge of the Gunners.

Burnley won the Championship and earned promotion back to the Premier League under the guidance of Vincent Kompany. The Belgian played under Guardiola.

Xavi Hernandez won the La Liga title this season with Barcelona. He was the fulcrum of Guardiola’s midfield at Barca.

Vieira likened Guardiola to a teacher who makes students love the subject.

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