Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has retired from professional football.

The World Cup winner has called time on his playing career at Manchester City to accept a new position as the club's Football Development Executive. Vieira's new role will include mentoring City's young players.

The 35-year-old made 406 appearances and scored 33 goals for Arsenal during a nine-year spell at Highbury.

He won the Double in 1998 and 2002, lifted further FA Cups in 2003 and 2005 and captained the 'Invincibles' side to an unbeaten Premier League campaign in 2003/04.

Vieira's final touch for Arsenal clinched the Club's most recent trophy - the 2005 FA Cup - and he went on to enjoy further success with Juventus and Internazionale in Italy before returning to England with Man City.

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14 Jul 2011