The France global also played for City but is best remembered as Wenger's captain and midfield enforcer in an era when Arsenal were always contenders for the Premier League title, and won it three times.
"Patrick has the potential one day, yes", he said.
"He has the freedom to make that decision, he knows I want him to stay".
'It is a long-term contract and I hope he will sign it.
Granit Xhaka will remain the only partner for Elneny if Wilshere and Ramsey leave, so it will be a blessing for Arsenal if they are able to field Cazorla next season. Sean Dyche of Burnley is another matter however, and Wenger believes the manager of the year accolades should go to him or Pep Guardiola.
'I don't think he will want to go to the World Cup without sorting his situation'. "I am, I am, really".
The Spaniard nearly had to have a foot amputated because of a awful Achilles problem. The midfielder has had a number of setbacks in his recovery process but Wenger said the latest indications are that he's "doing very well". Attendance has been decreasing as the Gunners have always been out of the race for a top four finish, and we really didn't have a league title race this season as Manchester City took off right out of the gate and never looked back.
"It's not a big concern because our crowd is very solid at the moment", the Frenchman responded, alluding to a high renewal rate among season ticket holders for next season and the fact that every game has been sold out this season.
Vieira is a former Arsenal player and was a popular figure at the club, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups there between 1996 and 2005. I don't know. I have to see how he responds to his injury. At the moment, he is not a player they can rely upon for a season but his return to football will surely be celebrated by more than just Arsenal fans.