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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

October 27 is the date for your diaries.

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

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

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 not only recognised as two of the very best to have played for the north London club, but also spoken as two of the best to have graced the Premier League.

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

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


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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 is set to take the reigns at Bordeaux, a move which marks his first steps into the world of football management.

So much was the Frenchman’s desire to learn his trade, 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 seemingly a conflict on interests considering his relationships with players who he would then pontificate over on television.

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.

Rumoured to have declined a role as a first-team coach with the Gunners, the Frenchman then looked certain to replace Steve Bruce as Aston Villa boss.

With the Villains deciding at the last minute to stick with Bruce, Henry was left in managerial limbo.

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 looks set to have finally been given his big break, with rumours that he’s landed an interesting prospect with Bordeaux in Ligue 1.

Henry’s project with the six-time Ligue 1 champions is made even more noteworthy considering the battle he will now have with Vieira.

The Gunners longtime midfield general took charge of 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 mark the latest names from 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 pair in direct competition twice a season in the same league.

October 27 is shaping up to be the first meeting between the former teammates, when Henry will take his Bordeaux side away to Vieira’s Nice.

The fresh-faced teammates back in 98

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The fresh-faced teammates back in 98

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

We just hope that the pair play nicely.


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