Arsene Wenger was asked to pick between two of Arsenal's best footballers to play under him in north London: Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas.
And while Wenger had positive things to say about both midfielders, who were massive players for the Gunners on their day, Vieira just edged it for him.
Responding to the question from Andy Gray on beIN SPORTS, Wenger said: "Well, Andy, they were both of my former players so that is very difficult.
"I always say, and I said that in my book, the guy that gave me time and credit at Arsenal was Patrick Vieria, because he was the first player I bought.
"And Fabregas was an exceptional football player. And still is, because he is still playing."
Despite Wenger picking Vieria over Fabregas, the legendary Arsenal boss explained that he signed more players like the Spaniard during his tenure, which influenced the style of football he had his Gunners play.
"Having smaller players, I went for football that was more based on mobility and less on impact. More on getting out of challenges than going into the challenges," he added.
"And of course, I think we had technicality that was exceptional.
"We played some fantastic games, when we had [Robin] van Persie, [Samir] Nasri, Fabregas, [Tomas] Rosicky and it was all clicking, the football was absolutely unbelievable.
"But yes when we went on a Tuesday night in November into a physical game up north in the rain at night, it was a bit more difficult."
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