The former Gunner has been speaking about his move to the Indian Super League.
The 40-year-old, who spent six years in north London, recently signed for FC Goa in India.
And Pires admits he sought the advice of his wife, some of his new team-mates - and former coach Wenger.
“Everyone encouraged me. I spoke with my wife, some of the players and I spoke with Arsene Wenger as well for his opinion. All of them said that if you have the opportunity to play in India, you need to go because it'll be a good experience,” Pires told the Indian Super League's official website.
“I'm a lucky man that I played in England and at Arsenal. I now know that there are lots and lots of Arsenal fans in India. I feel very much at home, and I'm so glad to be here.
“The most important thing for me is passion - passion for football, passion to meet fans. Of course, football is a business as well and there is money involved in the game.
"Everybody knows that. But if you have the passion, even if you're 40, you can play!”