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Patrick Vieira has paid tribute to the man who inspired him to become a manager, but said it was not Arsène Wenger.

This week marked the 25th anniversary of Wenger’s first game in charge of Arsenal, a 2-0 victory over Blackburn that featured Vieira, who had made his debut for the club a few weeks earlier after Wenger told Arsenal to sign the young Frenchman from Milan. The former midfielder takes his Crystal Palace side to face his old club on Monday night at the Emirates.

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