Vieira's contract - The man himself speaks out

Last updated : 10 August 2003 By Chris Parry
I'm getting a little weary of the whole situation, more specifically the media speculation that we've had to live with all summer, but I have to admit that I'll be hugely relieved when (if) he does eventually sign.

He implies that it's simply a matter of dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's:

"I haven't changed my mind in the last few days. But I can only say I hope to sign. I am meeting the chairman on Monday or Tuesday and I hope it is the last meeting before I say that I am signing. We all want this to be our finalising meeting.

"Of course, I want the best deal for me and the club wants the best deal for the club. There are some sticking points but not a major problem but I can't talk about those. We are so close and everybody knows I want to stay because I'm assured we have the expectation to win more trophies."

"The money part of it has already been sorted out."

He then goes and spoils it all by saying this:

"If I go, Arsenal will still be Arsenal. Players come and players leave but a club goes on. I am disappointed we have signed only one new player this summer but that doesn't alter the fact that I want to stay.

"I know that collectively, if not individually, we are as strong or stronger than anybody. The club matches my ambitions. I find everything I want here in football and that is why I have been here seven years already. There is a special relationship between me and the boss and the players and the fans that I don't want to lose."

We wait Patrick, patiently!!!!!