Pires chooses Man Utd and Arsenal icons because his toughest opponents at Arsenal


The former Arsenal star has remembered the two players that he had the largest battles with throughout his playing days

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has anointed Rio Ferdinand and John Terry as the roughest players that he faced throughout his playing career.

The French winger won two Premier League titles and two FA Cup using the Gunners involving 2000-06, while he returned to the league for a year with Aston Villa at 2010-11.

When asked to name that Premier League players were toughest to play , Pires termed both England centre-backs since the competitions which gave him the most difficulty.

“From the Premier League, it had been John Terry and Rio Ferdinand. Matches against Chelsea and Manchester United were consistently challenging and Terry and Ferdinand were quite demanding, very physical,” Pires said on the MOTD Top 10 Podcast.

“Coming from France to play in the Premier League, it had been quite hard at the start.

“Arsene Wenger explained ‘It is not exactly the exact same football. It is physical, you will need to learn.”

“My first game was at Sunderland. I had been sitting on the seat and afterwards about 20-25 moments I recall thinking:’Wow, this soccer isn’t for me'”

Pires additionally obtained 79 caps for France – winning the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship along with his state.

He started his senior career with French side Metz at 1993, spending six seasons in the club before updating to Marseille in 1998 – following scoring 43 aims in 162 appearances.

Pires was just at Marseille for 2 campaigns before making a move to Arsenal in 2000 – together with all the London club battling off interest from Real Madrid and Juventus.

His six years in the Gunners culminated in four trophes, together with Pires a part of the famed Arsenal Invincibles group in 2003-04.

After leaving London in 2006, Pires played in La Liga with Villarreal before finishing his career with a year at Aston Villa.

He came out of retirement 2014-15 to play 1 year with Indian Super League side FC Goa.

Pires currently has wants to be a mentor and spent some time tutoring in Arsenal when Freddie Ljungberg was briefly in charge this past year.

He said in June:”I believe training is a great job, even if it’s difficult to get a daily basis. I think in years to come, I’ll choose to spend the training diplomas. And I intend to get it done in Spain.”


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