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Patrick Vieira was not to be bothered at Arsenal, revealed former team-mate Martin Keown, as he grabbed a senior player by the throat when he was just 20.


Patrick Vieira showed why he was such a respected player at Arsenal, laying down a marker on a team-mate during his first days at the club.

The Crystal Palace manager was one of the best midfielders in Premier League history, and former team-mate Martin Keown knew he would do great things both on the pitch and now, apparently, in the canoe.

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Vieira was often unplayable in his career and was a key reason for Arsenal’s success in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Patrick Vieira was not to be bothered at Arsenal, revealed former team-mate Martin Keown, as he grabbed a senior player by the throat when he was just 20.

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Keown has revealed an incredible story about his former team-mate during the Frenchman’s first days at the club

In nine highly successful years at Arsenal, Vieira was often the one who set the standard at the club.

When he was named club captain in 2002, replacing Tony Adams, the World Cup-winning Frenchman helped the Gunners win two FA Cups, and of course led the team to unbeaten 2004 when they won another Premier League title.

Regularly dominating the midfield, Viera was a nightmare for the opposition to manage.

But as graceful as he was on the pitch, the Eagles boss had a bad side to his game.

Those who knew him best were his teammates, having spent so much time with him on and off the pitch.

And speaking to the Daily Mail, former Gunners captain Keown revealed what he was like at the club and how he was always destined for big things due to his personality as well as his playing ability.

Patrick Vieira was not to be bothered at Arsenal, revealed former team-mate Martin Keown, as he grabbed a senior player by the throat when he was just 20.

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Vieira won three league titles and four FA Cups during his nine-year spell at Arsenal


“I saw the personality before I saw the player,” the talkSPORT pundit said.

“Patrick joined Arsenal on August 14, 1996 and when he arrived he pretended not to speak English.

“He signed on the same day as Remi Garde, who we knew as a proven French international.

“But we didn’t know anything about the 20-year-old who walked through the door with him. He looked like he hadn’t filled his frame yet, clumsy and barely said a word to anyone.

Patrick Vieira was not to be bothered at Arsenal, revealed former team-mate Martin Keown, as he grabbed a senior player by the throat when he was just 20.

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Now as manager, Vieira has done a tremendous job with Palace, helping the club play great football and achieving some impressive results along the way, such as wins over Manchester City and Arsenal.

“One day, a senior player was complaining about Patrick in the locker room. All in English—assuming Patrick wouldn’t understand.

“Well, he did. Patrick got up, flew across the room, grabbed him by the throat and said in perfect English, ‘Why are you talking about me behind my back?

“Here’s this kid, new to the club, yet to make his Arsenal debut, physically going up against one of the team’s most experienced members who will remain nameless. I thought it was hilarious, I was applauding !

“I knew straight away that we had signed a strong character. It was the personality – it wasn’t until the following month that I saw the player.

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