Arsenal fan favourite Robert Pires has revealed that he accepted an invitation from Arsene Wenger to come back to the club in a coaching capacity, as per the Guardian.
Arsenal’s iconic former No.7 last played competitive football for Indian Super League side FC Goa in the 2014/15 campaign. However, at the age of 42, he appears to have switched his attentions to coaching by helping out at Arsenal’s training ground.
Pires is certainly well placed to offer his expertise to Arsenal’s players, as he enjoyed a glittering playing career, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners, as well as a World Cup and European Championship with France.
Speaking about his coaching role, Pires said: “Arsène [Wenger] said to me ‘If you want to come, you can’ and so every morning I am training with the first team.
“For me, it’s very interesting. I hope it’s also interesting for the players. I talk a long time to them. I don’t know if I give them some tips and advice but I have a good experience for the guys to learn from.”
Wenger has regularly offered his former stars the chance to work with the club’s current crop of players, as Thierry Henry has also been involved with coaching the Under-21 side this term, while Steve Bould has been assistant manager since 2012.
Arsenal have enjoyed an excellent start to the season, winning their last five league games to move within goal difference of league leaders Manchester City.
They were on the receiving end of a resounding 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night however, and it will be interesting to see whether they can bounce back to winning ways against Tottenham on Sunday.