Robert Pires has revealed his ultimate Arsenal XI – and it seems he’s a big fan of Arsene Wenger’s current squad.
The Gunners great had the honour of playing with some of the best players the club has ever seen during his six years in North London.
He was part of the ‘Invincibles’ and contributed to two English Premier League title wins, as well as three FA Cups.
But we get the impression he’d love to play in the current team turning out at the Emirates every week.
Speaking ahead of his old side’s north London derby clash with Tottenham tomorrow, Pires named his ultimate XI – and handed spots to Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez.
Considering some of the players Pires shared an Arsenal dressing room with, it’s surprising he’s opted for some current stars over guys like Freddie Ljungberg and Gilberto Silva.
David Seaman beats Jens Lehmann and current Arsenal stopper Petr Cech to get the number one spot, while former team-mates Lauren, Tony Adams and Ashley Cole complete the defence.
Alongside Coquelin in midfield is fellow countryman Patrick Vieira and it’s no surprise to see who leads the line for Pires — Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry:
Pires’ praise for Coquelin is particularly interesting, with the now-retired winger comparing his fellow Frenchman to Ray Parlour as he told the Guardian: “I love this guy because he has very good spirit and he loves fighting.
“He’s French but he has an English mentality, and in this position you need that.
“In my time we had Ray Parlour, and Coquelin is the same.
“He’s a very good balance between defence and attack. He is important for the team. Imagine for 10 seconds Vieira and Coquelin together in midfield, in this moment or 10 years ago. That would be fantastic.”