Robert Pires has a little regret over Arsenal move

Former footballer Robert Pires during the festival

Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires admits he has a "little regret" over snubbing the likes of Real Madrid.

Former footballer Robert Pires during the festival

Speaking to Marca, Arsenal legend Robert Pires has suggested that he has a "little regret" about rejecting Real Madrid in favour of the Gunners back in 2000.

The French winger spent six illustrious years with the North Londoners, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups, as well as being a beaten finalist in the Champions League.

The 42-year-old left Arsenal in 2006, though he left as one of the club's best ever midfielders. Having said that, Pires, then at Marseille, rejected the chance to join Real Madrid and Juventus prior to his switch to Highbury, a move he hints that he may not make again.

“At the time, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Juventus wanted me," he told Marca. “I chose Arsenal because Wenger called me and for a player to be called directly from the coach is a very good sign.

"They told me I was crazy to reject Madrid, it is what all players want, but I also knew that it would be difficult to get minutes."I have a little regret but I stayed at Arsenal for six years and won almost everything."

Pires's words are unlikely to change Arsenal fans' opinion of him, given his status on the red half of North London.

The former France international was truly exceptional under manager Arsene Wenger, who has struggled to find a midfielder who would regularly score over 15 goals a season since he left the club.

He, along with Freddie Ljungberg, really were special types of Arsenal wingers and Wenger has not delivered another league title since both have left.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

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