Arsenal legend Robert Pires declares desire to move into management

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has declared he is looking to move into management.

The former Gunners midfielder is not currently in a coaching role, but has helped out at his old club in previous seasons.

Pires, 46, retired from playing in 2016 after a spell with FC Goa in India, before he was approached by ex-boss Arsene Wenger about a coaching role at Arsenal.

Several of his former teammates have gone into management since hanging up their boots, including Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry, and Pires is now keen to try his own hand in the dugout.

"There are some who have made the decision to be a coach or sports director or to be a consultant," Pires told journalist Zineb El Houari (via Goal ). "I took this route and it allows me to still be in football.

"But, I think coaching is a good job, even if it's hard on a daily basis. I think that in the years to come, I will decide to take the coaching diplomas. And I plan to do it in Spain."

Pires spent time as a player in Spain, having signed for Villarreal when he left Arsenal in 2006, spending four years with the La Liga outfit.

Naturally he also has the option of returning to his France homeland where he started his career, while football in India continues to grow in stature.

He added: "I can't say which team I'm going to coach. Honestly, I can't choose. You can't know where you're going when you're a coach.

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"Let me give you the example of Sabri Lamouchi, who is very happy in the Championship, in Nottingham Forest. The coach puts himself on the market, and then he analyzes according to the proposals he receives.

"I could tell you that I'm going to train Arsenal, Metz, Reims, Marseille or Villarreal, but no I can't. Today is complicated."

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