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Patrick Vieira: He came from Senegal...

November 6, 2009
By Tom Adams
As French Revolutions go, Arsene Wenger's transformation of Arsenal in 1996 was decidedly less brutal than its 1789 predecessor. But at the beating heart of a side that espoused the values of a liberated style of football was a totemic figure who struck fear into the hearts of opponents thanks to his formidable talent and fiery competitiveness. That man was Patrick Vieira.

A born leader, who combined his authority off the pitch with technical superiority on it, Vieira was the driving force ...

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