Where Are They Now? Arsenal’s 1997/98 Double winners

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Patrick Vieira

Wenger’s first signing upon arriving at the club, the midfield colossus dovetailed perfectly with French midfield partner Emmanuel Petit, and acted as a conduit between defence and attack.

When the going got tough for Arsenal, Vieira also dropped back into defence and his bruising encounters with Manchester United’s Roy Keane came to define the rivalry between the two sides in that era.

Appointed skipper when Adams left, Vieira captained Arsenal to league invincibility in 2004.

He subsequently played for Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City, and now coaches New York City FC. Regrettably, the relationship with his former Arsenal manager is now somewhat strained.

Emmanuel Petit

Wenger splashed out on foreign talent in the summer of 1997 to fine-tune his side, and the former Monaco man, in tandem with Vieira, gave Arsenal’s midfield a swashbuckling aura.

The duo proved irresistible as the season progressed – and Petit was at his majestic best by the new year as Arsenal motored smoothly towards the Double.

He later turned out for both Barcelona and Chelsea after departing Highbury in 2000, and isn’t backwards in coming forwards when he outlines how he believes his former club should improve via the French media.