Robert Pires insists he never dived with any purpose

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Robert Pires thinks that whatever Danny Mills said about him in terms of his tendency to dive on the pitch, he said that because he is angry with him at a particular penalty incident which happened many years ago when the Gunners were going head to head against Manchester City in a game of the Premiership.

Mills a couple of years back had said that Pires, even when something injurious was not done to him by an opposition player, used to fall on the pitch deliberately just to catch the referee’s attention and earn an advantage for his team and it was after watching him that many other upcoming players started to do that as well and now it has reached an extent where most of the players are doing it and it has almost become a trend especially in UK.
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Didier Deschamps heaps praise on France’s defensive duo

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France head coach Didier Deschamps has lavished praised on Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez after the pair played fundamental roles during Les Bleus’ World Cup triumph. Neither Pavard nor Hernandez were guaranteed of a starting role in the lead up to the global tournament but they managed to excel after being backed by Deschamps.

Speaking to Kicker, the France boss acknowledged that the duo were able to stabilise the defence from the full-back positions and reserved special praise for Stuttgart’s Pavard, he said: “Despite their former status and some inexperience at this level, Benjamin Pavard and Lucas [Hernandez] were brilliant and stabilised the defence.
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ARSENAL LEGEND ROBERT PIRES WANTS TO COACH

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Robert Pires has extended his offer of help for the next Arsenal manager. The Highbury legend has remained close to the club through the years and has been seeking a more official capacity in recent years.

Pires was a close ally of outgoing manager Arsene Wenger and he believes his experience would be helpful to the next manager, whoever it is. He was also in contention for the role of sporting director but Sven Mislintat got the job. He remains an ambassador of the club but believes as a former player and having worked closely to the first team he could really do a lot more.
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PIRES SAYS WENGER NEEDS TO ADAPT

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Arsenal legend Robert Pireshad advised the club on their management policies as they struggle to maintain top form. The former France international opines that Arsene Wenger need to add some youth into his backroom staff.


Pires spent six years the north London club, where he won two league titles and FA Cups. He trained with the club last season and has watched happenings closely. He feels confident that Wenger needs younger support staff to excel. He says it is important for the French manager to consider adding some youth.

“He [Wenger] loves his job, No one can teach him anything, and I won’t. But football has changed, the footballers have changed, their behaviour isn’t the same, and football is getting faster and faster. Perhaps his entourage and he need to adapt to this new football,” Pires advised. Continue reading ‘PIRES SAYS WENGER NEEDS TO ADAPTrgb’

BAYERN BACK OUT OF SANCHEZ DEAL

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German champs Bayern Munich have reportedly backed out of the deal for Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sanchez due to spiralling costs involved.


The Chilean would have been a great addition to the ranks at the Allianz Arena but his wages and transfer costs, especially in the face of serious competition for the player, has deterred the Bundesliga side.

Sanchez has barely a year on his deal with the Gunners. He seems reluctant to continue at the Emirates. At the moment, Manchester City are leading the race for his signature. Pep Guardiola is keen on the former Barcelona forward. The Spaniard employed him at the Nou Camp and remains in awe of the talented player that he wants to bring him to the Etihad.

Arsene Wenger had vowed to retain Sanchez or sell him abroad to avoid helping the competition. However, there are rumours that a swap deal is in the pipeline, Sanchez for Sergio Aguero. For now, nothing is concrete. Continue reading ‘BAYERN BACK OUT OF SANCHEZ DEALrgb’

Pires on Arsenal

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Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes that Arsenal should be investing massively next season if they want to challenge for the title.


He thinks that the team is paying the price for not investing in new players during the past years and that they will need to consider their ambitions.

The French legend said that it is unfair to blame Arsene Wenger solely for this situation as the board has not been providing funds for new players. He believes that the management should rethink about their ambitions and consider giving their manager a solid backing in the transfer market.

He believes that the team needs a new defender, a world-class midfielder as well as another striker in front.

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SUMMER TRANSFER RUMOUR: ARSENAL TO SWOOP CARRICK

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There is news in the rumour mill that Arsenal could make a move for Man United legend Michael Carrick during the summer transfer window.


The Sun claims that the North London outfit could give Carrick more playing chances than the player is getting at Old Trafford as he falls in the pecking order of United coach Jose Mourinho.

Carrick’s contract is set to expire at the end of the summer. With United not going as expected, Mourinho would be forced to make changes during the summer that might not favour Carrick. This is likely one of the reasons why reports link the player with a move away from Old Trafford.

With Mourino saying: “Look, let’s be honest, I see many positive things in Carrick but I cannot go to his identity cards and delete five years. He is not 35, he is not 30,” it seems Carrick does not have much to hope for at the Theatre of Dreams. Continue reading ‘SUMMER TRANSFER RUMOUR: ARSENAL TO SWOOP CARRICKrgb’

WENGER DEFENDS GUARDIOLA

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has raised an opposing voice against those of critics bashing Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola after his side’s disgraceful performance at the King Power Stadium against defending champions Leicester City.


The Blue Mancunians conceded 3 goals in the opening 20 minutes and would go on to finish the game at a 4-2 deficit with Aleksandar Kolarov’s and Nolito’s late consolation goals serving as nothing more than papering over a shameful night.

The Spaniard, aside being mocked as majority of EPL fans quietly lurk behind his shadows waiting for him to fail his Abu-Dhabi masters so the drums of the English league’s superiority to others could be rolled out, was specifically singled out for saying that he was not “a coach for the tackles.”

For Wenger though the criticisms shelled out on top the former Bayern Munich coach’s head is “unfair.”

“Pep Guardiola, like myself, we are for offensive football. And when you don’t win, people question that. And that’s as simple as that. I believe that he doesn’t forbid his players to tackle,” said the 67-year-old.

Claudio Ranieri’s men increased doubts surrounding the likelihood of Pep Guardiola delivering to the Etihad faithful what both Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini failed to during their reign and most especially the trophy that’s time and again proved to be out of their reach –the UEFA Champion League title. Continue reading ‘WENGER DEFENDS GUARDIOLArgb’

Wenger Impressed by Mesut Ozil’s Contribution against Ludogorets

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Arsene Wenger has hailed midfielder Mesut Ozil for playing an integral role in the club’s 3-2 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League.


Arsenal have managed to qualify for the last 16 of the competition as a result of this victory. They will now be appearing in the knockout stages for a 17th consecutive campaign. Manager Arsene Wenger deserve a lot of credit for achieving this record even during difficult times. Right now, though, Arsenal have a number of superstars in their squad with Ozil being one of them. The German managed to come up with a late winner to help Arsenal return home with all three points.

There was a danger of Arsenal dropping two crucial points as the game was 2-2 going into the last few moments. It would not have been the end of the world for Arsenal given that there are still two more games left in the group stages, but it would have put them in a panicking mode going into the last two games. Arsenal made an extremely poor start in the game and were 2-0 down after just 15 minutes. Continue reading ‘Wenger Impressed by Mesut Ozil’s Contribution against Ludogoretsrgb’

Pires wants new striker

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Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has stated that Arsenal needs to sign a new striker to help Olivier Giroud.


Although he believes that Giroud is capable of leading the Arsenal attack, he believes that the team needs a backup just in case the French striker is injured. Robert Pires thinks that the team has a great chance to win the title this season, but it will not be easy.

He said that the Premier League has become more competitive nowadays and that it might be quite difficult for a team to win it. When asked whether Arsene Wenger should remain as the Arsenal manager, he stated that he still believe in the French manager. He said that Wenger is one of the best managers he has played with, and he thinks that he is the right man to bring the club forward.

He has urged fans to stay behind the team if they want the team to succeed. He said that it is normal for a team to lose a match here and there but it is important that fans remain behind the team. He stated that it would not help the team if at each game somebody is asking for the manager to be sacked. It is important that the fans remain behind the team and provide unconditional support.

Robert Pires admits that it is becoming more difficult for a club such as Arsenal to win the title because the other rivals are investing massively in new players. Although Arsenal has some resources, it is not unlimited as some of the other big clubs, and this can make it difficult for them to attract new players.
However, he believes that Arsene Wenger has a good team this year and that they will be able to compete for the title.

Robert Pires had a different view on it when he had the opportunity to make a choice

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Normally when you have two or three offers as a Footballer and one of them is from Real Madrid, you dump the other offers in favour of that because it’s a perfect place for your aspirations.

But, Robert Pires had a different view on it when he had the opportunity to make a choice. One of the Europe’s top playmakers that he was back in the day preferred the Gunners’ outfit to that of the Whites. But, now after so many years, he is repenting the move a little bit.

It’s the failure to land the European Cup home which might be grieving the France legend, otherwise, there was no such ambition which he was not able to satisfy at the Emirates. There were enough accomplishments from the perspective of domestic soccer. The continental conquest, however, didn’t eventuate leaving it as a small remorse for him.

Revealing his feelings a fortnight ago, Pires said, “I had an approach from Madrid, but, for me to tilt towards Arsenal, it was because of Wenger ringing me up personally.”

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