There are few names that Arsenal fans respond to as warmly as that of Robert Pires. The Frenchman was a linchpin of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team, and by the end of his career at the London outfit he had won three FA Cups and two Premier League titles.
The club have not known such success since he and his ilk departed and his plans to return, even if it is in an administrative capacity, will stoke the hopes of Arsenal fans that good times may be on the horizon.
Pires would like to take the job of sporting director at the Emirates, an ambition he hasn’t been hesitant about making public.
As quoted in the Daily Express, the 43-year-old said:
“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I need to talk about it with the owners and Arsene Wenger. I’d love this job, I love to talk with the players.
“If I’m given this job one day, I can stay in contact with football, especially with Arsenal.”
Pires of course worked under Wenger during his time with Arsenal, and the thought of rekindling that relationship is a luring one for the Arsenal legend.
“I have a good relationship with the manager, that’s important. I can work with the players, I can give advice to the young players, so we can find a good relationship between me and the players.”
Interestingly, Pires pointed out that he still often trains with the first team, and so must be reasonably familiar with the club’s structures even to this day.
“I’m lucky because I’m still training with the first team sometimes. I maintain a good relation with the players and manager Arsene Wenger.”
Arsenal have made a bright start this season, but their recent performance at home to Tottenham may have the Emirates faithful worried that a November slump, so often the case for Arsenal in recent years, could be on the cards.
The appointment of someone with the experience and reverence of Pires may play a role in preventing such a dip in form.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena