By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger would re-sign Robert Pires if Arsenal lacked attacking options.

So don’t expect to see the Frenchman, who has been training with the first team at London Colney, back in an Arsenal shirt because the manager is happy with the personnel he has at his disposal. The Club re-signed Sol Campbell for a second time back in January but Wenger says the situation with Pires is different.

“If we were short, I would sign Pires. But we are not short on the offensive side, so we do not need [anyone] in that department,” said Wenger.

“That was clear between him and me at the start. We help the players who have played for us, but we have plenty of players on the offensive and creative side.

“[We signed Sol Campbell] because we were short [in defence].”

Pires has been linked with a move to Conference National side Crawley Town though his former manager believes the 36-year-old can still play at the highest level.

“That is a big surprise, a bigger surprise than the signing of Wayne Rooney [who agreed a new deal at Manchester United].

“Robert Pires can play in the Premier League. If he wants to go down that is his decision, I would not personally think [to] advise him that. It is down to him.
“Robert is a fantastic player still today and he loves to play, so anybody who signs him will make a good deal."

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22 Oct 2010