Arsenal legend Robert Pires has given an interview to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio this week. In a two-page story, the former midfielder talked about Manuel Pellegrini, Arsenal Wenger and the French national team.
But it’s not a big surprise that the chat became a little one directional since all the interviewers wanted to know was the Frenchman’s opinion on Alexis Sanchez, which takes up most of the story.
They started asking Pires his opinion on Sanchez’ time at Arsenal.
“Alexis was very good, he’s an excellent footballer, but I also got to know him as a person and I can say that I loved knowing him, he is a friend. He stands out for his professionalism and that helped Arsenal to win several titles,” Pires told El Mercurio.
On Alexis’ move to Manchester United, Pires said: “Honestly, it surprised me. For me, Sanchez had to stay at Arsenal, where he was one of our stars. I don’t know if he could say no to United, but I think the style of play of the London club suits his performances better. But you have to respect his decision.”