Robert Pirès

France 2017 Captain

Robert Pires, France

One of Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’, Robert Pirès would glide past the opposition in effortless style. He moved to Arsenal after being part of the French team that won EURO 2000, and in London would redefine the role for a Premier League winger. Starting on the left and drifting in centrally, while having the ability to go down the flank. He won Arsenal’s Player of the Year in 2002 when they claimed the League and FA Cup double. After leaving the Gunners he had spells at Villarreal, Aston Villa and FC Goa before retiring in 2015.

Full name: Robert Emmanuel Pirès
Born:
29/10/1973, Reims, France
Clubs:
Metz (1993-1998), Marseille (1998-2000), Arsenal (2000-2006), Villarreal (2006-2010), Aston Villa (2010-2011), FC Goa (2014-2015)
International:
 79 apps, 14 goals (1996-2004)
Position: Attacking midfielder

Honours:

  • Coupe de la Ligue (1): 1996
  • FA Premier League (2): 2001–02, 2003–04
  • FA Cup (3): 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05
  • FA Community Shield (2): 2002, 2004
  • FIFA World Cup (1): 1998
  • UEFA European Championship (1): 2000
  • FIFA Confederations Cup (2): 2001, 2003
  • Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year (1): 1995–96