Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira received a huge ovation when he emerged from the tunnel at the Emirates on Monday night, before Mikel Arteta accidentally knocked into him
Patrick Vieira made an emotional return to Arsenal on Monday night – and fans were quick to spot the embarrassing moment Mikel Arteta accidentally bumped into the Gunners legend.
Vieira was back in north London 16 years after waving goodbye to Arsenal, but this time he was in the opposition dugout as manager of Crystal Palace.
His Eagles side came mightily close to securing a shock victory at the Emirates, too, with goals from Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard swinging the game in their favour after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had broken the deadlock.
That was before Alexandre Lacazette turned in an equaliser with what proved the very last kick of the game deep into stoppage time.
Before kick-off at the Emirates, Vieira emerged from the tunnel to a rapturous applause, with Arsenal fans delighted to see their former Invincibles captain back home.
It was then that Arteta approached the Frenchman, walking over to Palace’s bench and welcoming him back before also embracing his coaching staff.
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However, after shaking hands with Vieira’s assistants, the Arsenal manager turns to walk back to his own bench and accidentally bashes his head straight into the Palace boss.
Fans noticed the embarrassing moment play out on Sky Sports and took to Twitter to joke about the strength Vieira still clearly possesses.
One wrote: “Man Vieira is a tank.. Arteta bouncing off after that bump with him”.
Another said: “Viera is built like a tank. Arteta bounces off him!”
A third commented: “Should have done a concussion test on Arteta despite him being the manager *laughing emoji*”.
While another put: “Arteta almost got knocked out there”.
Monday night’s draw continued Arsenal’s recent unbeaten run, with their last defeat coming against Manchester City on August 28.
As for Palace, they were denied what would have been a first win since September 11 when Lacazette netted that last-gasp equaliser.