Villarreal winger Robert Pires says he is looking forward to his side's Champions League quarter-final second leg with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, so that he can finally say goodbye to the Gunners' faithful. The 35-year-old Frenchman left North London for Spain in summer 2006 having made more than 250 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. His final appearance in an Arsenal shirt came in the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona in Paris, and the former Marseille man has promised not to celebrate should he net against his old club in the last-eight this season. “I am happy with the draw because it was my goal to face Arsenal before retiring and to say goodbye to the tremendous fans who were great to me in London. That’s important,” he told the Daily Mail. “If I’m lucky enough to score I know that I won’t celebrate, simply as a gesture of respect to a club, and their fans, which have meant so much in my career.” ARSENAL FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas Q&A Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas One on One Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry, Ian Wright Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Armand Traore Perfect XI Ian Wright What Happened Next? Gus Caesar, Peter Marinello And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Arsenal players (and others) on Talentspotter
6 April 2009
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