Why i joined Arsenal – new Robert Pires reveals

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Villarreal secured Pires’ services despite an approach from Paul Le Guen

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has revealed he could have joined Rangers in the summer of 2006, if only his mother did not have her say.

Pires spent six years with the Gunners in the early millennium, winning two FA Cups and two Premier League titles – including the north Londoners’ Invincible 2003/04 campaign.

He decided to leave the club in the summer of 2006 after they refused to offer him a new two-year contract extension, with Villarreal announcing in May they had secured the World Cup-winner’s services.

However, things could have been so different for Pires if his mother had not gotten involved.

The former attacking midfielder has revealed he received an offer from Rangers to head north of the border, with Paul Le Guen, the manager, keen for Pires to continue his career in Glasgow.

But Pires wanted to turn out in La Liga, so his mother Mirabel could see him play in the country of her birth.

“In 2006 my manager spoke with someone from Rangers but I chose to go to Villarreal,” Pires told the Scottish Sun.

“I don’t know if it was a good choice but for me it was important because my mum is Spanish and it was important to see her son could play in La Liga.

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