Pires proves point in Spain

Image: Pires: Looking to play on

Robert Pires has denied reports that he only joined Villarreal for an easy life.

Winger defiant in reasoning behind move from Gunners

Villarreal midfielder Robert Pires has denied reports that he only joined the Spanish club for an easy life. Pires spent six years at Arsenal prior to his switch to Villarreal and scored an impressive 62 goals in 187 appearances, capturing the Footballer Writers' Footballer of the Year award in 2001/02. Many questioned the Frenchman's decision to leave Arsenal, but after making 50 appearances for the Spanish club and leading them to second in the table, a point behind Barcelona, the winger believes that it is a decision that has since been justified. He said: "When I left Arsenal, people said I took holidays under the sun. I have showed the contrary. No, I am not dead." Now 35, Pires believes he still has plenty to offer the team but admitted that he will probably end his career with Villarreal. He said: "My future? I don't set myself any limit. I will stop football when I will be fed up. It is not the case so far. Age is a fake problem. "Villarreal will probably be my last challenge. I am fine here. The club's image has changed. The officials' talks are motivating, we are growing."
The winger declares that the Gunners remain close to his heart and he firmly believes that the club can win some silverware this term. He added: "Arsenal has a soul and with warriors like Gallas, Toure, Eboue or Silvestre, the team can win the title this term. "I will remain loyal to the club for my whole life." Pires has encouraging words for another rising star in the Arsenal camp. Frenchman Samir Nasri has been likened to Pires in the past and the 35-year-old expects great things from the youngster. He said: "Samir will make a name for himself because he is in good hands. With Arsene Wenger he can just experience happiness."

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