He said: “When I was young I supported Arsenal, and Vieira – and Keane – were my two favourite players.
“Vieira was all over the pitch and Keane had his great leadership skills as well.
“They were great box-to-box players and I would wear the Vieira shirt on the streets when I was young.
“They were also intimidating and I must admit if you go into a tackle with a bit of venom you find you get a bit more respect from players.
“It’s all right if it is fair.”