Patrick Vieira has become the third Arsenal player to be inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame.
Created to recognise and celebrate the best talent playing in England’s top-flight (since 1992), it has been marketed as “the highest individual honour awarded to players” by the Premier League.
Vieira joins fellow ‘Invincibles’ Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp as inductees.
Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are the other names to already be included.
Two players who combined talent and work-rate to become Premier League legends 🤩
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 23, 2022
Signed on the recommendation of Arsene Wenger in 1996, Vieira went on to make 307 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 31 goals and making 34 assists.
Highbury fell in love immediately. Not only was he a commanding physical presence, but his technical quality in the centre of the park and eye for a pass was also second to none.
I was very honoured and proud when I heard that I am being inducted into the @premierleague Hall of Fame. Playing in the Premier League was a true privilege. I really enjoyed that part of my career, and I would like to thank all my teammates who helped make it so special. pic.twitter.com/8MAduP5fUB
— Patrick Vieira (@OfficialVieira) March 23, 2022
In total, Vieira won three league titles and four FA Cups as a Gunner – the last sealed in Cardiff with his final kick in our colours – before joining Juventus in 2005. Thereafter he enjoyed a ridiculously successful spell at Inter Milan and even picked up another FA Cup on his return to England with Manchester City.
On the global stage, he won it all. He
scored played a part in France’s third goal as they beat Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final, won the European Championships two years later and added the Confederations Cup the year after that.
Every club has sought to find a Vieira of their own. None have been successful. Le Grand Saucisse was one of a kind.
Congratulations to Patrick – here’s a short video of him reflecting on his time in England.
Arsenal will be renewing acquaintances with Patrick very soon. In a quirk of fate, Mikel Arteta’s side face Vieira’s Crystal Palace after the Interlull.