[11] The first of such occasions came in a league game on 31 March 2001 when Arsenal won 2–0. [citation needed], On 11 July 2008, Arsenal fans voted Pires as the club's sixth greatest player of all time. [citation needed], Pires was told in May 2010 that his contract would not be extended and he would have to look for a new club during the summer as Villarreal will be "changing their philosophy". Pires additionally suggested that Wenger's decision to withdraw him in the UEFA Champions League Final showed he had slipped in the eyes of his French boss. Pires and his Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry were instrumental in that season, scoring a combined 57 goals in all competitions. CF 78.
[5], Pires played the majority of his career as a left winger, but could also play all across the midfield or in a position to support the forward line. Neither are celebrities.

His first season saw Marseille miss the French league title by a point and they also lost the 1999 UEFA Cup Final to Parma. [67] On 25 February 2016, Pires announced his retirement from professional football. [4][69], Pires was part of France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning squads, but had to miss the 2002 World Cup due to an injury he sustained playing for Arsenal. We use cookies to provide the best experience on our website. However, he slowly began to regain the form he had shown at Metz, scoring a superb solo goal in October 2000, his first for Arsenal, against Lazio in the 2000–01 Champions League. [7], Pires was signed by Arsenal for £6 million in 2000, after stiff competition from Real Madrid and Juventus, replacing Marc Overmars, who had left for Barcelona for a record £25 million. As of 2016, Pires has commenced a career as a footballing coach with the first team at Arsenal. In the UEFA Champions League quarter-final's 1st leg match against Chelsea, Pires managed to beat John Terry to a header, which resulted in the equaliser for Arsenal, after Eiður Guðjohnsen had given Chelsea the lead. [32][33] Pires finished that season with an impressive tally of 14 goals and seven assists in the Premier League. RWF 79. He won the Golden Ball (for most outstanding football) and Golden Shoe (for most goals scored) awards at the 2001 Confederations Cup in South Korea/Japan. [47] In October 2010, it was reported that Conference National club Crawley Town intended to talk to Pires about joining them for some part of the season, but the player's spokesman said they were "not aware of any interest" from that club.
Pires was quoted saying: "I have to say I have had some disappointments this season. Pires capped off his season by scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final against Southampton.

Jackson Martinez revient sur son flop à l'Atlético de Madrid, Brésil : Neymar loin de Pelé et Ronaldo selon Mathieu Valbuena, Borja Mayoral dévoile les dessous de son arrivée à la Roma. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are ok with it. [60][61] On 2 September 2014, he was signed by Goa, becoming their marquee signing. However, a dispute in late 2004 with French national coach Raymond Domenech put a halt to Pires' international career. [40] Pires played his last game for Arsenal in the UEFA Champions league final against Barcelona, in which he was substituted for replacement goalkeeper Manuel Almunia after Jens Lehmann was sent off. The former was the first Golden Goal ever scored at a FIFA World Cup. Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires has set his sights on soon entering the world of football management. Pires is currently coaching at Arsenal. Pires confessed he had difficulty in school because he did not speak French well at the time, due to the fact his parents only spoke Spanish and Portuguese. [13] However, Arsenal went on to lose the Cup final to Liverpool 2–1; Pires set up Arsenal's goal for Freddie Ljungberg.

CB 48. [19] However weeks later against the same opposition in the FA Cup Pires suffered a cruciate ligament injury (a game in which he had earlier scored). [6], Pires is a graduate of the FC Metz youth academy, making his senior debut in 1993 against Lyon. [8] Initially, Pires' form was indifferent, and some people criticised him after his comments that the English game was too physical. In July 2014, Pires announced a comeback to promote the launch of the Indian Super League. [31] However, Arsenal were eliminated after they lost 1–2 in the return leg, courtesy of an 87th minute Wayne Bridge goal.