Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has named legendary Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids as the one player he wanted to share a dressing room with.
The two players often crossed paths for both their national teams and at club level during their playing days. Whilst Vieira enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in the Premier League with the Gunners, Davids was unable to make it into England's top-flight, with Conference outfit Barnet the closest he ever came.
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March 31, 2017
The London club seems a bizarre entry on the midfielder's CV, considering he also played for the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and Juventus, however, despite ending his career in non-league football, Davids still has plenty of admirers, including a former opponent in the shape of Patrick Vieira, who has named him as the one player he wishes to have played alongside.
Speaking to Copa90 (as quoted by the SportBible), the Frenchman said:
"The player I really loved and wanted to play with is Edgar Davids. We played against each other during France vs. Holland, it was like a battle.
"I've been really lucky because I've played next to Makelele, Petit, Gilberto at Arsenal, some fantastic players but one that I never had a chance to play with was Edgar Davids. I'd have loved to play with him."
Though the two players' styles are contrasting, a Davids/Viera combination in any midfield would have been an exciting prospect and we were denied seeing the two together by just a season when the former Arsenal man joined Juventus in 2005, a year after Davids had left the Stadio Delle Alpi for Internazionale.