Arsene legend Robert Pires has hailed Arsene Wenger‘s influence in his career and labelled the boss as his “second father”, which is a clear indication of their professional relationship, as reported by FIFA.com.
Pires was a crucial member of the legendary Invincible side of 2004 and has this week been reflecting on a successful career with us – where he won two league titles and three FA Cups.
The Frenchman made the left-wing position his own and almost started off a trend in the Premier League, with players opting to play the inverted winger role which allows them to cut in on their stronger foot.
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“I’ve always thought of him as a second father,” Pires was quoted as saying.
“What I loved about him was that I had certain qualities and he worked on them and perfected them.
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“We all have faults, but he couldn’t care less about them. He knew what I was capable of and made me work on my strengths.”
Despite Pires’s excellence, he isn’t necessarily a player from that famous team that we’ve struggled to replace over the past decade.
However, in the biggest of games, Pires would consistently come up with the goods and rescue the side. A true hero.