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Wednesday, 4 October, 2000, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Vieira will never leave Arsenal
Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira is happy to finish his career at Highbury
Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira wants to finish his career at Highbury and insists he will not allow the "wind-up merchants" to force him out of English football.

Vieira was sent off for the second time in just four days at the start of the season against Liverpool at Highbury.

After he was seen storming off the pitch, mouthing "that's it, I can take no more" and throwing away his shirt, fears were then expressed that he would follow Emmanuel Petit out of the club.

The five-match ban has now ended and Vieira is interested in opening fresh contract talks with the Gunners.

He said: "The day after the Liverpool game I spoke to the manager.

"What we talked about was enough for me to keep going and to want to stay at Arsenal. The sending off was frustrating.


"I said things straight after the game and that is the time when you are emotional. You can't make an important decision when you are feeling like that. But I want to make one thing clear - I will never leave Arsenal."

Wenger, who has left Vieira in no doubt as to how highly he values him, was adamant in the wake of his first red card for pushing his arm into the face of Darren Williams that the Sunderland player had over-reacted.

I really enjoy English football and the life in England. I am happy here
  Patrick Vieira

Vieira said: "I hear stuff after the game. I know that some players in the other team are told their job during the game is to wind me up. I feel sorry for managers who feel they have to do that.

"But I will never change because, basically, I don't want to change. I really enjoy English football and the life in England. I am happy here.

"I am not going to leave a place where I am happy because of that. The ban has finished now and I am so pleased about that.

"All that happened, that is behind me. I will not forget what happened but all I want to do now is look forward with Arsenal because I feel we can have a fantastic season."

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