Robert Pires has ended his six-year association with Arsenal after he joined Spanish side Villarreal.Farewell to a fantasy stud, and the poster boy for left-sided (if not left-footed) French players who have been EPL Fantasy gold for years (Pires, Steed, Robert, etc).
Wenger moved to strengthen his midfield options earlier this week with the signing of Czech Republic international Tomas Rosicky, 25.
The Arsenal manager, however, knows his squad will be poorer for the departure of Pires.
Wenger said: 'Robert has had six tremendous years with us and made a huge contribution to the team's success during his time here.
'He is not only a great footballer but a good man, so of course, we are sad to see him go.
'It is difficult to pick out one or two highlights - but he was superb in our double winning season during the 2001/02 campaign and contributed so hugely to our unbeaten season with 19 goals.
'I would like to thank Robert for the dedication, determination and passion he has shown and wish him well in his career.'
Pires finally decides - a two-year deal with Villarreal
posted by Jeremy Spitzberg on Thursday, May 25, 2006