Patrick Vieira/

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has been appointed as the new manager of Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

The Frenchman has left his role as head coach of New York City FC, having spent nearly three seasons at the club, to replace Lucien Favre at the Allianz Riviera.

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The 41-year-old had been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal following his countryman’s departure, but he now returns to his homeland to take charge of a Nice side that finished eighth last season, missing out on a Europa League place by one point.

Assistant coach Christian Lattanzio, performance coach Kristian Wilson and physical performance coach Matt Cook have also left New York to join Vieira at Nice.

“After two and a half years as head coach of NYCFC, today will be my last day,” Vieira wrote on Twitter.

“I can honestly say that my time with the club has been absolutely perfect – both on the professional and personal level.”

He added: “Leaving New York is an incredibly difficult decision for me and my family and one that has not been taken lightly.”