After the axing of Patrick Vieira by the Eagles, Arsenal fans brutally mocked him during the 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace at the Emirates.
During Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday at the Emirates, home crowd boos included chants of “Patrick Vieira!” in a mocking tone.
The Gunners’ dominating performance against the Eagles gave them an eight-point cushion at the top of the Premier League table.
After 18 months in charge at Selhurst Park, Arsenal legend Vieira was fired by Palace just two days earlier.
Although the departure of the ex-French international did not help their winless streak, it did extend to 13 games.
The home crowd in North London was quick to annoy the away fans by chanting Vieira’s name.
As they yelled, “He comes from Senegal, he played for Arsenal!” it was clear that they were referring to a former player. Whoa, whoa, whoa, Vieira.
During his nine seasons at Highbury, Vieira won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
Indeed, the reception he received at the Emirates was praised by Arsenal supporters online.
An early chant from the Arsenal faithful was a “Vieira” tribute. Former Gunner who has since left Palace.
‘Chants of Vieira reverberating throughout the Emirates,’ another contributor chimed in. I’m dying to take a look at it.
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Furthermore, a third responded, “Arsenal fans singing Patrick Vieira’s chant.”
After losing to Arsenal, Palace is now in 12th place, only three points above the relegation zone in the Premier League.
There have been rumors that Roy Hodgson could make a surprise comeback as manager until the end of the season.
In the meantime, Vieira has been linked to the open position with the U.S. national team.