Thursday, 25 February 2016
Arsenal Legend Retire from football at 42
The Frenchman won the Premier League title twice with the Gunners, also contributing to three FA Cup triumphs and a run to the 2006 Champions League final during his time in North London.
Robert Pires told beIN Sports: "I'm 42 so at a certain point you have to stop, you have to say stop and then above all leave your place to young players," adding "my last experience was in India."
Nearly 18 years after the 1998 World Cup final, Pires becomes the last member of the triumphant French squad to retire, after David Trezeguet hung up his boots around a year ago.
Both Trezeguet and Pires played in the Indian Super League in the latter stages of their respective careers, Pires leaving FC Goa when he was released after the end of the 2014 season.
The former Gunners and french star had discussed a continuation of his career, even training at Arsenal earlier this season in an attempt to keep his fitness levels high and encourage clubs to come after him, but no contract followed.
In the interview with beIN Sports where he announced his retirement, Pires also touched on the 2006 Champions League final - his last game for Arsenal, which saw him taken off after just 18 minutes for a replacement goalkeeper when Jens Lehmann was sent off.
He said: "The final of the Champions League in 2006 precipitated my departure from Arsenal. It was hard and I no longer had the confidence of Arsene Wenger."
We wish him the best of luck in all his life.