Arsenal hero Pires: Arsene Wenger advised me on my latest move

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The former Gunner has been speaking about his move to the Indian Super League.

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires has revealed that Arsene Wenger was one of those who encouraged him to make the 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!”

The Gunners host Tottenham Hotspur in the first north London derby of the Premier League season this Saturday in the late kick-off at 5.30pm.

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