Arsenal will face Crystal Palace on Monday evening, with both sides managed by former Gunners captains.
Mikel Arteta is the man in charge in the red and white dug out, while Patrick Vieira took over at Selhurst Park this summer following the departure of Roy Hodgson.
It’s the Invincible skipper’s first return to North London in his burgeoning managerial career, and Arteta is sure he’ll be welcomed ‘home’ by fans on Monday.
“He is an Arsenal legend and I hope he gets the reception that he deserves for what he did for the football club,” he said.
“Not only as a player, but as well what he transmitted as a person. He was the captain during the most successful era over the last many years and it’s great to have him back.”
Palace under Vieira will certainly be different to Palace under Roy Hodgson, something Arteta is aware of.
“I don’t know how exactly they will set up,” he said. “They’ve done it in different ways using different players in most of the time similar formations. Let’s see how the game develops.”
Arteta was quizzed on the Invincibles, saying, “They had everything. They dominated every aspect of the game in the right way.
“They had incredible leadership to start with, with some of the names they had. They had the talent, the quality, and the self-confidence to believe they were the best … and they showed it.”
The boss was also asked if he’d like to have played against peak Vieira more often.
“No!”, he laughed. “Because he was very dominant, physically gifted, technically he had the right temper, he was brave, he could score goals, he could do a bit of everything.
“He was a remarkable player.”