Robert Pires was a fantastic servant for Arsenal, and clearly still has a huge amount of love for the club. The Frenchman was asked who should take over from Arsene Wenger in a recent interview, with fellow Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti atop his list, according to the Goal.
The 41-year-old stressed that Wenger should be in no rush to leave, and that his compatriot has done a superb job at the club he spent six years at. When quizzed on a possible replacement however, there were only two men he could see at the helm.
“Who is the perfect replacement? Thierry Henry? He understands football and Arsenal. I don’t know, but I like Carlo Ancelotti. But that’s my opinion, it doesn’t mean Arsenal need Ancelotti at this time,” he said.
The midfielder raised a valid point, highlighting the importance of knowing the Arsenal philosophy. The club went through a transformation when Wenger took over, and following an extremely successful post-metamorphosis period have held onto the ideology he initially instilled.
Henry is arguably some way off being ready to take the reigns at Arsenal, with no coaching experience under his belt whatsoever. He could eventually prove to be the right man for the job, but it would be a shame to see his legend status tarnished with a fruitless spell managing the club.