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Arsenal legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira will come face-to-face in Ligue 1 this season

Once battling alongside each other on the pitch, the pair will go to war in the dugout

December 8th is the date for your diaries.

They shared seven major honours on the pitch together including two Premier League titles and the modest one World Cup.

It’s safe to say that Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry have been through the footballing trenches together.


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Winning a league title at the home of your fiercest rivals? Check.

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Winning a league title at the home of your fiercest rivals? Check.

The Arsenal greats are considered as two of the very best to have graced the Premier League since it’s inception.

The footballing juggernauts are set to be reunited this season. This time in an entirely different realm.

No longer are they team-mates pulling on slightly oversized O2 shirts. The pair will slip into their smartest suits and bump heads in the dugout this season.

They’ve already battled against each other on the pitch

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They’ve already battled against each other on the pitch

Henry has just been appointed as manager of Monaco, taking over from Leonardo Jardim following his sacking.

The move, which marks his first steps into the world of football management, is admittedly a risk. He seems eager to get started though.

So much was the Frenchman’s desire to learn his trade that he offered to work as a coach at Arsenal for free, alongside his punditry duties with Sky Sports.

Henry was however let go by the Gunners, after what was a conflict on interests considering his relationships with players who he would then pontificate over.

Arsenal’s youngsters were learning from the World Cup winner

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Arsenal’s youngsters were learning from the World Cup winner

Henry has been on the lookout for a managerial role since leaving Sky Sports this summer, flirting with multiple jobs in the process.

The Frenchman looked certain to takeover at Bordeaux, before he became the bookies favourite to replace Steve Bruce as Aston Villa boss.

Henry declined the role, leaving us all to think he had his eyes on a different proposition altogether.

He’s been earning his stripes with the Belgian national team

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He’s been earning his stripes with the Belgian national team

Arsenal’s record goalscorer has finally been given his big-break with the eight-time Ligue 1 champions.

His appointment is made even more noteworthy considering the battle he will now have with former-teammate Vieira.

Arsenal’s long-term captain took up the reigns at Nice this summer, having developed his managerial know-how across various roles.

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Stateside

Kicking off his coaching career with Man City’s Elite Development squad, Vieira then became the head coach of New York City.

City Synergy.

After three successful years in MLS, Vieira was given his first job in one of Europe’s top leagues with Nice.

If there’s one man who can whip Mario Balotelli into shape

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If there’s one man who can whip Mario Balotelli into shape

Henry and Vieria’s steps into management are the latest in a particular generation of players moving into coaching.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are both cutting their teeth in the Championship and Scottish Premier League respectively, and enjoying success on the way.

The rivalry that the English duo shared on the pitch has now transformed into a debate around who will make the better coach.

A new chapter for Derby and Lampard

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A new chapter for Derby and Lampard

The same comparison will inevitably be drawn between Henry and Vieira.

It will however be even more scrutinised with the French pair who are in direct competition twice a season in the same league.

December 8th will be the first meeting between the former team-mates, when Vieira will take his Nice side to Monaco.

Fresh-faced back in 98

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Fresh-faced back in 98

They were both legends on the pitch and we have no doubts that they will be legends of the dugout also.

We just hope they play nicely.


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