How can Pires help Aston Villa

Gerrard Houllier’s first signing is a 37 year old winger Robert Pires. He was a free agent and after getting released by Villareal in the summer, he had been training with the club he is well known for,Arsenal. He is an Arsenal legend.The Frenchman, who spent six years with the Gunners, was voted their sixth greatest player of all time in an online poll.

 

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Robert Pires is an experienced player. He has won the World Cup and Euro Championship with France, 2 Premier League titles and 3 FA Cups with Arsenal. He also played in the 2006 Champions League final which Arsenal lost against Barcelona. The point in mentioning all those achievements is that he has all the experience in the world and he will bring that to the currently young Villa side.

Villa is heavily relying on the youngsters at the moment. They played with youngsters Barry Bannan, Marc Albrighton and Jonathan Hogg against Manchester United. They have impressed everyone with their performances. And an injection of experience in the side will help the youngsters to learn something from the experience that Pires has. A similar move by Arsenal for Sol Campbell last season proved out to be very beneficial. It makes it easy to play when you have an experienced figure beside you.

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Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister believes the signing of Pires will be beneficial to the promising youngsters at the club, while giving the midfielder the chance to prove he is still an effective force.
"For all the younger players – what a tremendous addition," said McAllister. "The younger players can only learn from watching a guy like Robert on the training field.
"He will gain respect. But I am sure Robert Pires isn’t coming here just to be a player that everyone is going to stand back and admire.
"He will want to gain the respect of the fact that he is still competitive and still able to do a job at this level."

Aston Villa is currently facing one of the worst injury crisis in the Premier League at the moment. Their squad has been depleted by injuries to strikers John Carew and Emile Heskey and midfielders Stiliyan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker and Steve Sidwell. All of whom are first team players. But with Pires into the team, he will bring a bit of depth to their depleted squad. He will give them an attacking option. He might not have the pace and legs anymore but he can be influential if used as a substitute. Houllier remarked: "Robert has never been the quickest but he’s got quick feet and an eye for the pass. I think he will make goals for us and he can score as well."

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Pires said: "I would love to win a trophy – the Carling Cup or FA Cup.
"It would be nice to compete for a Champions League place too. I love to have objectives and challenges.
"Now this move represents a new opportunity and a new challenge for me."
Since Pires has won a lot in his career, he will add ambition to this Villa side whose last trophy was the 2001 Intertoto Cup. He will instill a winning mentality and self belief in the players and encourage them that they are good enough to win not only against the bigger clubs but trophies as well.


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