Robert Pires has been regularly seen in Arsenal training recently, standing alongside Arsene Wenger and doling out advice to the current crop of stars. The reason for this is that he’s returned to the club in a coaching role, with Wenger looking to call on his expertise, as reported by The Guardian.
The 42-year-old hasn’t been long out of the game, having played in the Indian Super League last season. He finally looks ready to hang up his boots and take on a coaching role though, something Wenger seems more than willing to offer him.
Pires himself has spoken of the opportunity he has been given, and insists he wants to impart his wisdom on the new generation of Arsenal players.
“Arsene [Wenger] said to me ‘If you want to come, you can’ and so every morning I am training with the first team,” Pires said.
“For me, it’s very interesting. I hope it’s also interesting for the players. I talk a long time to them. I don’t know if I give them some tips and advice but I have a good experience for the guys to learn from.”
There’s certainly plenty the players can learn from him, but whether he’s here long term or just for the season remains to be seen.
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We have a habit of bringing former Gunners into the fold at Arsenal, and we’ve certainly experienced mixed success when doing so. Hopefully Pires will be a success story, and helps inspire the team to victory this season.