By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes Patrick Vieira and Manchester City will have "a good marriage".
The former Arsenal skipper is back in the Premier League after completing his move from Inter Milan to Eastlands. Vieira has signed a six-month contract with City with a view to an extension if all goes well.
Wenger thinks it will. The Frenchman believes the deal will suit both parties with Vieira getting the games he needs to force his way into France's squad for the World Cup while City get a player who has seen it and done it all in the English top-flight.
"I have said before that Patrick needs to play," said Wenger. "At that age, it is very difficult to stay at your best if you do not play.

"He is captain of the French national team. I was asked many times the question in France and have said he needed to change clubs to play, so he could be competitive.

"For me, he has made the right choice. City have made the right choice too, so it should be a good marriage."
Wenger was handsomely rewarded for bringing Vieira to England in 1996, winning seven major trophies with the midfield powerhouse in his team. The 33-year-old was linked with a return to North London last summer and Wenger did consider a reunion.

"Yes, I thought about it," admitted the manager.

"But here we had players like Alex Song coming out, and [I wanted to] give them a chance. It was important that nobody stepped in front of them."

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8 Jan 2010