Yesterday, Robert Pires was one ArsenalThe strikers star in a stormy and frantic title fight against Manchester United that has captured the imagination of the British public.
Now, before the two old foes meet at Old Trafford this evening, times have changed. Both teams have struggled to continually compete with wild rivals for the title this season in ChelseaAnd Manchester And Liverpool.
Still, Pires supports his old team, who made 287 appearances over six seasons, to finish above United this season and finish fourth in the top spot – their first since the 2015-16 season.
Robert Pires was one of Arsenal’s biggest stars in the title matches against Manchester United
The Frenchman was full of praise for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and his former teammate, Edu (left)
“Since beating Tottenham in September, Arsenal have struck the right balance and the players are finally believing in themselves,” said Pires. Sportsmail.
I think they can get to the top four. What I also believe in [that] The relationship between Mikel Arteta and Edu (a former teammate of Peres) is very positive at the club.
They will find more great players. But Arsenal’s present and future certainly came from the academy of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. The couple aren’t afraid to take responsibility on the court – and I love it! ”
Pires, a two-time Premier League winner with Arsenal in 2002 and 2004, speaks glowingly – as a fan he now admits – about his former club.
Under Arsene Wenger, the World Cup winner has achieved unsurpassed heights for the rest of his career. While the elusive Champions League title will always be a ‘what if’ moment for this generation, Peres insists he owes a lot to Wenger for forming a team that has gone down in history.
Pierce was an integral part of Indomitable, which went unbeaten in the 2003-04 league season
The French winger won two Premier League titles in six successful years with the club
“I’m not arrogant but I think we simply had it all!” And the smiling Byers adds.
Quality, ability, talent, spirit and commitment. If you are a manager, you want to build a great team around this.
Arsene focused on each player and I think his secret was the way he mixed between English and foreign players. In the end it was great but the most important thing we had was the soul. Without this, an undefeated season would have been impossible.
Peres’ team-mate at club level and international level was Patrick Vieira, the all-better captain who is now making his cut in management at Crystal Palace.
Pires supported Patrick Vieira to be successful as a coach – and could even take over at Arsenal
The former Arsenal captain in his first few months as Crystal Palace coach
Despite this, Perez insists that Vieira can set his sights higher sooner rather than later.
“I was speaking with Patrick a month ago and he says the team at Crystal Palace is very good.
“But he would definitely be a great manager. When Patrick was on the field he was like a warrior and as a manager he was always positive. Of course he knows the Premier League well too.
If you have an opportunity like a palace, you should take it. But in two or three years, Patrick will receive some offers from the big clubs in the Premier League, and he can also manage Arsenal. You never know the future – but believe me, he’ll be a good manager.
Vieira certainly learned from one of Wenger’s best players, who is now making headlines as the star of his own movie, as well as pushing some bold proposals in his role as FIFA’s head of global football development.
Peres admits he played the best football of his career under Arsene Wenger
His concept of a biennial World Cup has divided opinions across the board, although most are skeptical. Pires, who was part of the France 1998 squad that won at home, is at this club as well.
“I am talking with Arsene and I am in contact with him… But to be honest I am not in favor of holding the World Cup every two years.
I want to see quality, not quantity. The players will be tired and it’s not about the marketing, the sponsorship or the money – we need to think about the players.
It’s special when it’s every four years. Why don’t we ask the players about it, instead of FIFA President Gianni Infantino?
As for Perez himself, he is very happy to smooth things over after retiring in 2016, when he ended his career after further stints with Villarreal, Aston Villa and FC Goa in India.
Pires briefly worked under Wenger as Arsenal first-team coach after retirement
The 48-year-old dipped his hands in training under Wenger later that year. However, he quite happily agreed that it wasn’t a good fit for him.
“I don’t want to be a manager,” he admits. “It’s very difficult – it’s not just the match but every morning he thinks about everything.
“Talking to Arsene and Patrick about this, it’s not easy believe me!”
Peres, who does not want to be a manager, still follows his old club with great interest
Robert Pires was speaking while participating in the second episode of the second series of Hotels.com Dream Island. The series will be displayed Hotels.com In his role as the Official Travel Partner of the UEFA Champions League, presenter Craig Mitch will be seen roasting UEFA Legends in their ultimate holiday booking.
Fans will enjoy finding out where the former players’ dream vacation will be, what they won’t forget to take with them, and who will make up their beach soccer dream team, as well as answering travel questions fans have along the way.
Peres participated in the second episode of the second series of Dream Island on Hotels.com