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Name Robert Pires
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc The winger came in as a replacement for Marc Overmars and after taken some time to adjust to the Premier League’s physicality, he lit up English football with his smooth dribbling style and collection of memorable goals. His peak was his hugely fruitful relationship with Thierry Henry during the Invincibles season


Org France National Team
Club as Player xxxx
  Arsenal FC

2003 08 13 Retrieve

[Arsenal Midfielder Robert Pires signs new deals with Arsenal FC which takes him through to almost his 33rd birthday] I’m pleased with the way it’s all happened and also the fact that Arsenal want to keep me is a great sign of recognition for me personally. I love being a part of this club

2015 07 Retrieve

[Robert Pires on The Games That Changed My Life: October 9, 1996: France 4-0 Turkey] Nobody else will remember this game, but it was my first goal for my country. It was a friendly at the Parc des Princes, which we won 4-0. It was an incredible moment in my life, not just my career, to wear Les Bleus’ colours and score with style

My country has always been very important to me. I understand it was a friendly, but I was so happy to have all my family there to share such a moment with me

[October 17, 2000: Lazio 1-1 Arsenal] I scored a good goal that got us an important draw in Italy

This was significant not because it was my first goal for Arsenal, but because fans were starting to doubt that I had what it takes to play for Arsenal and replace Marc Overmars. It wasn’t easy – he’d scored that famous goal at Old Trafford to make him a fan favourite

I scored a good goal that got us an important draw in Italy – something that let the supporters know I could help the Gunners win many trophies in the future. I just ran and ran, and finished well. You can see how relieved I was to prove myself!

[March 17, 2002: Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal] We were struggling against a really good Aston Villa side, but I scored one of my best goals at a crucial time to get us the victory that we needed. We were behind Manchester United in the league table, and needed to go on a good run

We had to win that game. I was through on goal, saw the size of Peter Schmeichel, and thought the only way to score was to chip him. I love scoring over big goalkeepers like that! People still ask me about that goal, but it was the win that mattered most

[May 17, 2003: Arsenal 1-0 Southampton] When we got to the final we knew we had to win

Nobody had retained the FA Cup for a long time [since Tottenham in 1982], and for us to do it – in a game when I scored the only goal of a very close match – was very special. The game wasn’t the most exciting I have ever played in, but I know how much it meant to the supporters to carry on winning things

When we got to the final we knew we had to win and, for me personally, being the difference between the two teams on the day was important in my life

[November 13, 2004: Tottenham 4-5 Arsenal] The atmosphere that day was something that I’ve never seen before in my career. The supporters of both clubs were always good in north London derbies, but this was something else, even though it was at White Hart Lane

I think it’s one of the best matches the Premier League has ever seen and it’s always replayed on my TV. I’ll never forget playing a part in a match that brought people so much excitement [Pires scored the fifth goal after coming on as a substitute]. If that game went on for longer, the goals wouldn’t have stopped going in – the attacking play was just so good by both sides

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires on Thierry Henry] When it’s his day, Thierry can score a hat-trick with ease. He’s amazing

2016 11 05 Retrieve

[Robert Pires weighs in on his Gunners’ title chances ahead of the North London derby] For me yes, Arsenal are the best in London. Chelsea and Tottenham are strong and the Premier League will be tight this year. I don’t know what will happen at the end of the season but Arsenal can win the title, of course. For me they are a much better team than Tottenham but this season Tottenham have a good opportunity to do well