• Mesut Ozil has become the Arsenal maestro that Dennis Bergkamp once was, says former Gunner Robert Pires

    Mesut Ozil has become the Arsenal maestro that Dennis Bergkamp once was, says former Gunner Robert Pires

    Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil is now exerting the same sort of dynamic influence on Arsenal as Dennis Bergkamp once did, according to former France midfielder Robert Pires.

    Bergkamp is ranked second on the club website’s list of all-time greats after the skilful Dutch international striker bagged 120 goals in 423 appearances for the Londoners between 1995-2006.

    ‘Mesut Ozil has very good qualities. He can normally score a minimum of 12 goals during the Premier League,’ Pires told Arsenal’s official website.

    ‘In my time […]

  • Loyal: Arsenal legend tells his son he can never play for Tottenham

    Loyal: Arsenal legend tells his son he can never play for Tottenham

    Robert Pires is well-versed in the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham, and the Frenchman’s letting his eight-year-old son know all about it.

    Theo Pires joined Arsenal’s famed Hale End Academy at the age of seven and hopes to one day follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a footballer.

    Pires, 43, spent six years with the Gunners and won two Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger’s tutelage.

    The Frenchman revealed plans this morning to return to the Gunners as a director but he […]

  • Pires: Arsenal are the best team in London

    Pires: Arsenal are the best team in London

    Gunners legend believes Arsene Wenger’s side are stronger than Tottenham and Chelsea and is backing them to challenge for the Premier League title.

     

    Robert Pires considers Arsenal to be ‘the best team in London’ and sees no reason why they can’t return the Premier League title to the Emirates Stadium this season.

    The Frenchman was part of the last Gunners side to take the top-flight crown back in 2003-04, with that team going down in football folklore as ‘The Invincibles’.

    Arsene Wenger’s class […]

  • Wenger will be frustrated if he takes England job – Pires

    Wenger will be frustrated if he takes England job – Pires

    Robert Pires has said that Arsene Wenger will be frustrated, if he takes the England job.

    Wenger who has been in charge of the Gunners for 20 years now, has emerged as a favourite to take over the Three Lions, after Sam Allardyce was sacked.

    His current deal at the Emirates expires in the summer.

    Although Wenger has said he could manage the English team one day, Pires who played under his compatriot for six years, says he would be put off by […]

  • Gerrard, Pires, Okocha among stars for 6-a-side tournament

    Gerrard, Pires, Okocha among stars for 6-a-side tournament

    Steven Gerrard, Robert Pires and Jay-Jay Okocha are among the star names lined up for a six-a-side international tournament to be launched in London next summer.

    Star Sixes, which will take place at London’s O2 Arena from July 13-16 next year, will feature Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, France, England, Portugal, Australia, Nigeria, Netherlands and China.

    Carles Puyol, Michael Ballack and Deco have also been confirmed for the tournament, which organisers said would be made up entirely of “recently retired fully capped […]