Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira struggled to settle in London after joining the club, but former teammate Ray Parlor reveals to talkSPORT how a certain lady helped him settle in the capital.
Parlor said players were teasing Vieira when rumors began to circulate about his departure from the club.
Since retiring from a distinguished playing career in 2011, Vieira has moved onto the managerial scene and was recently appointed boss of Crystal Palace.
Much has pushed the Eagles to wrestle this season, but Vieira secured their first win for the club in a memorable 3-0 win over former rivals Tottenham.
The Frenchman is one of the greatest players in Arsenal history, his time in England was not child’s play as Parlor told talkSPORT he was “a bit miserable” when he first arrived in North London.
“He was a little unhappy the first time he showed up because it’s hard for foreign guys to get into a different locker room and I think his girlfriend was in France so he was a little sick love, ”Parlor revealed.
“I used to tell him ‘Come on Patrick, get animated, you’re in London now, you can have a much better time’, he broke up with his girlfriend and met again in London and I think that he is still married to her. today.
“After that he loved London, he turned around overnight when he met his new girlfriend in London, but he was a great boy.”
While Vieira was widely respected in the dressing room, that hasn’t stopped his teammates teasing him whenever rumors started to circulate about his departure from north London.
“Every summer during the preseason you would see him linked to every club, Juventus and some clubs,” Parlor added.
“When we came to practice he would come in and we would all look at him and say, ‘Are you still here, Patrick? “We can’t wait for you to go.”
“He was laughing and he had a really good sense of humor.”
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