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Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira are united by their affection for Arsene Wenger as the former Gunners midfielders prepare to do battle with Arsenal and Crystal Palace on Monday night

Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta face off in opposing dug outs tomorrow night, united by their proud history as trophy-winning former Arsenal captains.

Now respective managers of Arsenal and Crystal Palace, the one-time midfield rivals are also joined at the hip in admiration for their coaching guru Arsene Wenger.

'I think we were all guided and felt a different way about the game because we had Arsene as a manager,' Arteta revealed.

Patrick Vieira won two Doubles with Arsenal and captained them during their unbeaten season

'He started a fire in us to be a coach. Not only me or Patrick, but many others, with his way of treating everybody at the club and how he felt about the game.