By Ollie Irish
Aston Villa have confirmed that former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires will join the club this week.
French Bob, currently a free agent following his release by Villarreal in the summer, has been in talks with Villa. He has also been training with the Gunners to help maintain his fitness (see photo above).
Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister told the club’s website: “Robert has been training at Arsenal.
“I know the boss and Arsene Wenger are very friendly and I believe he’s going to join us in the next two or three days.
“It’s perfect. I am sure he will arrive at the training ground in good condition. He’s a player everyone can look up to because of what he has achieved.”
A reminder of Bob’s undisputed greatness: The 10 Greatest Premier League Goals of the Decade: No.8 – Robert Pires, Aston Villa v Arsenal, 2002