Forget this. He is doing very well with New York City, and he told me the job is very hard and difficult.
"There is a little bit of uncertainty there amongst the squad, however, we just hope the club does a really good job in terms of bringing the right person in to succeed Wenger".
Arteta, who is only 36 years old, is exactly what Arsenal are looking for in the wake of Wenger, who announced he would be standing down in April after 22 years in charge of the north London club.
Meanwhile, Pires and Vieira were teammates for six years at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger on Cristiano Ronaldo transfer regret at Arsenal and two failed FC Barcelona targets
Whereas Manchester United unveiled David Moyes just 24 hours after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement in 2013, Arsenal have taken nearly a month (and counting).
The Spaniard and his representatives, on Tuesday, held advanced negotiations with Arsenal's hierarchy and are at a stage where backroom staff and financial packages are being discussed.
It also remains unclear what Wenger's next move will be.
After hearing about Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the Frenchman has had a "fantastic" career and the Premier League will be "different" without him.
"It will be very hard for me [without Arsenal]", Wenger said.