Speaking exclusively to Genting following Crystal Palace’s victory over the Gunners, Petit heaped praise on his former team-mate.
He said: “Look what they’ve done against Manchester City and all the big guns that have come to Selhurst Park, they’ve struggled.
“I sent him a message before and after the game saying, ‘Sometimes I have to look twice on the bench to see if you were on the wrong bench!’ because the way he’s transformed the style of Crystal Palace is amazing.”
Unlocked Palace Attacking Potential
The Eagles find themselves ninth in the Premier League table following the win over Mikel Arteta’s men
Petit, who spent three years alongside Vieira at Arsenal, believes the former midfield general has unlocked the potential of the attacking players at his disposal.
“They have confidence, they play the ball on the ground all the time. It’s no longer defending and then seeing if they can attack, they’re not scared of playing.
“Palace are showing a very good attitude on the pitch. When they get the ball they play good football as well.”
For now, the World Cup-winning midfielder, who scored in the final of the 1998 tournament in his homeland believes Vieira should remain focused on all things Crystal Palace.
“When I look at Arteta, the job he’s doing with Arsenal is great.
“When I look at Patrick’s work at Crystal Palace it’s great as well. I sent him a message saying, ‘Congratulations to your team and the win because you deserve all the praise you receive’.
“Patrick is a young manager who has proved so many things already.
“In the future, I think Patrick will have an eye on [managing] Arsenal, but for the moment, it’s too soon.”
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