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Vieira's Arsenal career in photos

Patrick Vieira comes on for Ray Parlour in Arsenal's 4-1 win over the Owls

Vieira joins Arsenal from AC Milan in 1996 for 3.5m and impresses on his debut, a 4-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday

Wolves' Paul Simpson is overpowered by Petit and Vieira

Compatriot Emmanuel Petit joins the following season from Monaco, and the pair forge a rock-solid midfield partnership

Patrick Vieira lifts the Premiership trophy aloft

At the age of 21 Patrick enjoys his first taste of success with Arsenal as they beat Everton 4-1 to win the league in 1998

Vieira throw his shirt on the turf in frustration after his sending-off against Liverpool

But Vieira's disciplinary problems grow - he gets a five-game ban after earning two red cards in three days in August 2000

Vieira scores Arsenal's equaliser against Tottenham in their FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford in April 2001

On his return he doesn't pick up another card for 28 games, and scores against rivals Spurs in the Premiership and FA Cup

Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira hold the FA Cup trophy after defeating Chelsea 2-0

It's back to winning ways in 2002, as Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup to seal their second Double in four years

Vieira hugs Tony Adams at his testimonial against Celtic

Arsenal stalwart Tony Adams leaves at the end of the 2001/02 season, and Vieira takes on the captain's armband

David Seaman and Patrick Vieira lift the FA Cup trophy

The injured Vieira joins match captain David Seaman to lift the FA Cup trophy in 2003 after a 1-0 victory over Southampton

Vieira slides the ball past Ian Walker in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Leicester

Vieira scores the final goal of the Gunners' historic unbeaten 2004-2005 season, in a 2-1 win over Leicester

Patrick Vieira and manager Arsene Wenger take pride of place on the open-topped bus

The Gunners' much-loved captain is cheered by fans as he savours the team's victory parade in May 2004

Vieira wheels away after putting the decisive penalty past Man United keeper Roy Carroll

Vieira scores the winning penalty against Manchester United to win the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium in May 2005

Viera hoists the FA Cup aloft in May 2005

But the game is Vieira's last in an Arsenal shirt - his nine-year spell ends with a 13.75m transfer to Juventus




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