Pires: Priority must be a new striker

Pires: Priority must be a new striker

Robert Pires, gloriousness in male form, believes Arsenal’s priority this summer must be signing a striker who can play alongside Olivier Giroud.

Pinpointing the importance of bringing in a player who both complements his compatriot and affords Arsene Wenger to change the shape of his side, the ‘Invincible’ told Sky Sports:

“It’s very important to buy the other striker because maybe you can play 4-4-2. The priority must be a new striker to play with Olivier Giroud.”

It’s not like we Arsenal fans haven’t heard (or indeed screamed) that before, but when it’s said in a throaty Gallic accent and followed up by a cheeky grin and a smile that sets pulses racing well…well, you just can’t ignore it.

A partisan disciple of Wenger, Pires also spoke optimistically about the Gunners aims for the rest of the season as they prepare for a crunch game against Manchester City at the Emirates.

“For the moment, it’s a good season. They are fourth and they are playing against Wigan in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

“On Saturday, against Manchester City, it’s like a final for the future. If Arsenal win, it’s possible to win the title. You never know when you’re talking about football.

“I always believe in Arsene Wenger, in this team and the players themselves. I’m confident for Arsenal.

“If we lose against Manchester City, the season is finished in terms of the Premier League.”