ESPNStewart Robsopn doesn't think Arsenal should appoint Mikel Arteta
The 38-year-old is now an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City - where he has been since 2016, when he retired from playing whilst in Arsenal colours.
Arteta would seek to bring in at least three of his own appointments - with further backroom changes expected.
Two former club captains Mikel Arteta and Vieira, now head coach at New York City in the Major Soccer League, are among the favourites for the role.
The midfielder is a fans favourite at the Emirates Stadium and has scored 29 goals in 189 appearances for the Gunners.
He said: 'I have seen the shortlist: Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Mikel Arteta - why not? Not just because he's my friend.
Although CEO Ivan Gazidis wants to complete a thorough process in the search for Arsene Wenger's successor, no candidate ticks the boxes like the 36-year-old does.
"So that's why I say - yes, Patrick Vieira is ready to manage Arsenal".