Arsenal Invincible: Being Wenger's assistant would be my dream

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Frenchman Robert Pires sees many more years of Wenger stewardship at Arsenal, and is hoping to return to the club in a coaching capacity at some point

After two disappointing results in less than a week saw their title bid derailed, some Arsenal fans have once again been questioning whether Arsene Wenger is the man to take them back to the glory days.

One person who has full belief in Wenger is Gunners legend and French World Cup winner Robert Pires.

And what is more, he is angling for a role in his former boss's coaching setup.

The Express has reported the Arsenal invincible as telling reporters at the International Business Times that the long-running Arsenal boss is likely to sign a new contract at the club.

"Hopefully he will sign a new deal to stay," Pires said. "I think he will do it.

"He still can win titles this season but anyway I believe the most important thing for him is to qualify for the Champions League."

The former Metz and Villarreal man spent six trophy-laden years under Arsene Wenger's wing from 2000 to 2006, scoring 84 goals in 284 games, and winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

The 40-year-old has been around the club in various spells since leaving the Gunners after their Champions League final defeat to Barcelona, taking part in training to keep fit as well as experience Wenger's coaching style.

And when questioned as to whether he would like to join Wenger's backroom staff, Pires couldn't hide his desire to go all the way to the top at Arsenal. 

"Sure, working as Wenger's assistant would be my dream. Training with Wenger is a good opportunity to learn," he said.

"In the future you never know if I can be the Arsenal manager. I have not spoken to him about that because he has recently appointed another former Arsenal star, Steve Bould to assist him, but for me it would be great."

Whether Wenger can find a place in his staff for Pires is one thing, whether he'll be around long enough to make the appointment is another matter entirely. 

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