Arsenal legend Robert Pires has revealed why Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star KylianMbappe struggled for form at the just concluded Euro 2020 tournament. Robert Pires spoke to RTL about Mbappe and his unimpressive performances in the colours of the French national team. Mbappe was a shadow of himself at Euro 2020 in comparison to Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament where he played a big role as France became champions for the second time.

Ex-Arsenal attacker Robert Pires said that fatigue might be responsible for the poor showing from Mbappe at Euro 2020 after a long and hard season with PSG. Mbappe was a key player for PSG as they lost out to Lille in the race for the French Ligue 1 title and were also eliminated at the semi-final stage of the Champions League. He scored 42 goals in 47 games for his French club in all competitions.


Arsenal legend Robert Pireshas picked his five-a-side team and it included four of his Gunners teammates. The Frenchman named his five-a-side squad via the official Europa League Twitter handle. Robert Pires started his team with former Arsenal shot stopper Jens Lehmann in goal.

Ex-German national team goalkeeper Lehmann was in the same Arsenal squad with Robert Pires as the Gunners secured the Premier League title at the end of the 2003/04 season without a single defeat. Lehmann was also the Arsenal goalkeeper when the team set a new record for successive clean sheets in Champions League football during the 2005/06 campaign.The German shot stopper was then sent off in the final as Arsenal lost 2-1 to Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona in the final with ten men as a result of the red card to Lehmann. Robert Pires was the player sacrificed as Manuel Almunia came on to replace Lehmann in goal.


Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette was unable to match the record of compatriot Robert Pires in the home fixture against Liverpool in the Premier League.

Lacazette had scored in two successive home games against Liverpool and was bidding to become the first Arsenal player to score in three straight home matches against Liverpool since Robert Pires achieved the feat.

Robert Pires’ Verdict on First Season of Emery

Robert Pires, the iconic player from Arsenal strongly believes that Unai Emery is the ideal manager who will bring in success for the North Londoners. Unai Emery has come as a replacement for Arsene Wenger in the last summer and has experienced underwhelming first season taking charge of the club. Arsenal has missed out on the football of Champions League once again after it failed to finish in the position of top 4 and suffered a defeat in the Europa League final by Chelsea, the rivals.

Since the club failed to secure a place in the elite club competition of Europe, it had an effect on the transfer budget of Emery. According to the reports, the Spaniard was given £45m for making his ranks stronger during summer. However, Pires won 2 titles of Premier League during the spell with Arsenal and believes that Emery will be able to bring in good times to Arsenal. According to Pires, they have to take one step after the other. Now, Emery is the manager and he has enjoyed a great season. He says that the first season had been pretty difficult as he was being compared to Arsene Wenger and quite, unfortunately, they had lost the final match against Chelsea.
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Robert Pires insists he never dived with any purpose

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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