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Premier League at 25: the best signing – Patrick Vieira to Arsenal, August 1996

In a highly competitive field it is almost impossible to split Vieira’s move and Manchester United’s purchase of Roy Keane but the Frenchman edges it for redefining what the style of a Premier League midfielder could look like

Sometimes, end-of-era curtain calls happen without the necessary fanfare. So it was, at the 2005 FA Cup final, one of the great individual rivalries in English football took centre stage for its final scene. But nobody knew it at the time. Nobody foresaw that Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira would both soon be gone from the clubs they captained with colossal …read more

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