His third goal against Brazil in the final game of World Cup 1998 will always be remembered. Former Arsenal’s Robert Pires is one of the most known icons. He announced his official retirement from football when he reached 41 years old.
The French winger played in many clubs in Europe before deciding to achieve his professional career in the Indian league.
This controversial career could be the main reason behind his failure to be considered as one of the best football players in the French history. However, the Gunners’ fans chose him as the sixth best player in the club history. Brazil legend Pelé considered that Robert Pires is one of the best 100 players in football history.
In an exclusive interview with “Alain.com”, Pires answered the following questions :
So, what’s your main task in Arsenal right now ?
I’m the club ambassador. I have a strong relationship with Arsenal and with Arsène Wenger. I’m even training with the first squad but I don’t think that I’ll be one of Arsène’s choices right now!
What about Arsenal chances to win the league title this year?
I think that the team has a great chance this year. Other clubs constitute a real challenge for Arsenal such as Chelsea, Tottenham, , Liverpool and Manchester United. It’ll be exciting but I trust this team.
Is Arsène Wenger staying with the team ?
If you want my personal opinion, I’d say that I want him to stay. During the past 20 years, he built a lot of great things and he won many trophies. Arsenal need Arsène Wenger, that’s why I hope that it will not be his last season in the club.
El Neny made a great start with the team but his appearances became rare lately. What’s the reason behind that ?
I think that El Neny is a great player. I see him every day and he’s one of these players capable of running the whole day. He has a great vision and a great passing skill. There’s a big competition for his position in the team that’s why he’s not regularly playing. However, I’m sure that he will have his chance to play.
Do you think that Arab players can fit with the English Premier League ?
I believe that Arab players including El Neny have great capabilities that could be beneficial for the English Premier League as a whole. Just take a look at what Mahrez did with Leicester City last season. He’s even won the best player in the Premier League trophy. And now, Islam Slimani joinded him in the team. It’s true that there’s not a big number of Arab players in the EPL but I believe that we’ll see many of them in the future.
Do you think that Arsène Wenger wants to become England coach ?
I think that people want to see him as the national team’s coach but he has a contract with Arsenal. I can understand people in England. They need a coach like him. He’s a great person and a great coach.
What about your experience in England ?
When I went there in 2014, I felt the huge difference compared to other big leagues like the French, Spanish and the English leagues. However, I noticed that the Indian people love football and they wanted to meet big players. It was a great experience for me. Stadium were full of fans in most of the games.