Pires: Wenger & players want the title


Robert Pires has acknowledged the importance of the Champions League, but says that the main objective of Arsene Wenger and the players is to win the club’s first Premier League title since 2004.

The dreamy Frenchman spoke to the Guardian about his current role with the club and provided some insight into the thinking of the Arsenal manager. Pires trains regularly with the team, and knows what they’re all about.

The Gunners have been disappointing in Europe this season, but that would certainly be offset if they could win the league.

“Of course, the Champions League is very important,” he said, “but I prefer to see Arsenal win the Premier League this season and I know this is the objective for Arsène Wenger and all the players.

“It is also important for the fans. So yes, this team can win the Premier League.”

Pires obviously provides a connection between that last title winning side and the current crop, and as he’s at the training ground every day, he could be a source of experience and advice.

Speaking about his involvement, he said, “Arsene 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.”

And on the eve of a North London derby, the man who scored more often against Sp*rs than most others, said he took pleasure from that record.

“I scored eight goals in 12 games against Spurs. I’m proud of this achievement because I know this rivalry is very important for the Arsenal fans – when you score eight times against Spurs you are an idol for them.

“And I know the Spurs fans hate me … I know this and it is a good sensation.”

If you hear a thud, that’s Arseblog News swooning then fainting.

Read the full piece in the Guardian today, it’s great.

Check out this week’s Arsecast for more derby discussion and Andrei Arshavin’s mix-tape.

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