Robert Pires Of Arsenal To Join Champions Game

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A match of the Arsenal legends is being planned. Figures like Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry are being considered for the match at the Emirates Stadium.

There are other stars who are being considered for the match which will be held in September.


Among the legendary players Robert Pires is among the names being considered who would play the match. It would be the beginning match of the 2016-17 season of the Premier League. The others would be Cafu, Filippo Baresi, Paolo Maldini and others. They are all expected to be part of the match to be held on 3rd September. London would be the venue for the match.

The tickets are already on sale, being priced around 20 Euros or at a concession rate of 10 Euros where the net proceeds of the game would go towards Arsenal Foundation. This is an organization formed in 2012 which aims to help young people who are disadvantaged in many ways.

Pires has won about five trophies while he played at Highbury. He had helped the club during the 2006 finals of the Champions League. He stated that he is looking forward to the game. It would be a chance to meet up old friends and to play for a cause. Pires, a Frenchman, stated that, he and others were excited about the match. The hone would be great to play in front of the fans of Arsenal, those who would love to see them back on the field. They would be playing with old friends and teaming up against legendary players of Milan. The chance to raise funds for the Foundation would also be a great honor. The chief executive of Arsenal also voiced his opinions. He stated that the match would be excellent to bring back legendary players on the field for the fans, for whom it would be a treat indeed.

  • 1/14 Player Ratings

Who impressed at the Etihad?

  • 2/14 Petr Cech: 5

Once more Cech was beaten low at his near post by an effort that it would certainly be generous to describe as venomous. Just a few weeks on from his mistake at Palace this is becoming a worrying trend for Arsene Wenger.

  • 3/14 Hector Bellerin: 6

He may not always have got the better of Kevin De Bruyne, but Bellerin consistently looked like giving City’s star Belgian a thorough examination. That was until he failed to stay with him as the midfielder burst through to drive in a low effort.

  • 4/14 Gabriel: 5

Not convincing in the air, and rarely composed with the ball at his feet. Another with serious questions to answer over De Bruyne’s goal, where he gave the scorer far too much space.

  • 5/14 Laurent Koscielny: 6

Seemed to be in place whenever Navas got to the byline, cutting out a string of well-placed low crosses. Hard to remember an occasion when he put a foot wrong, not something that could be said of his team-mates.

  • 6/14 Nacho Monreal: 5

Particularly struggled with the pace and running of Jesus Navas on a rare on-day for the City winger. What should have been an easy task for the Spaniard turned into a hellish afternoon for Monreal.

  • 7/14 Mohamed Elneny: 5

Arsenal spent most of the game without possession, and it really didn’t suit Elneny. He is not entirely convincing when called on to win the ball back though he did earn an assist for Giroud’s goal.

  • 8/14 Aaron Ramsey: 7

Made a string of impressive tackles in his own half as City poured men forward in the opening minutes and was often the man kick-starting Arsenal’s counters.

  • 9/14 Danny Welbeck: 6

Did his fair share of diligent work in defence over the 24 minutes he managed on the field, tucking in neatly, stealing the ball and providing a threat on the counter. Another knee injury will be a source of serious concern to Wenger.

  • 10/14 Alex Iwobi: 5

Rather too blase in possession, hardly the most helpful of attributes when Arsenal had so little of it to work with. One kamikaze pass in the direction of Aguero summed up a disappointing day for the youngster.

  • 11/14 Alexis Sanchez: 7

Sanchez was full of the drive and purpose Arsenal needed, consistently forcing the impressive Gael Clichy to make a decision. Nowhere was this more apparent than his goal, when he dovetailed impressively with Giroud in a way many Arsenal followers doubted he ever could, driving on to the Frenchman’s lay-off and slotting home.

  • 12/14 Olivier Giroud: 8

His ongoing inclusion after his recent travails constituted something of a surprise at kick-off but his robust physicality was exactly what Arsenal needed on a day when they were forced to play on the break. Showed intelligence for a well-taken goal but his touch for Sanchez’s strike was nothing short of sumptuous.

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  • 13/14 (Sub) Jack Wilshere: 6

Got far more football than he might have expected in the closing moments and at times there were tempting touches and dribbles that reminded you what a special talent he can be. But for the most part this game passed him by.

  • 14/14 (Sub) Theo Walcott: 6

Once again the final touch was lacking from Walcott but his introduction offered the attacking spark and additional threat that Arsenal seemed to lack at 2-1 down.

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