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Pires Will Go For The Jugular, But Won't Celebrate

Pires Will Go For The Jugular, But Won't Celebrate

Football has always had a habit of reuniting old friends (or foes) in pretty much every cup tie in every competition, and Arsenal's Champions League quarter final against Villarreal tomorrow is no different as Gunners legend Robert Pires will face his old team for the first time since leaving in 2006.

When Arsene's army scooped the double in 2002, Robert Pires was arguably the best player on the planet, whilst his theatrics may have been frustrating at times (and what most rivals fans remember him for) his flare, skill, passing and eye for goal has earned him legendary status in North London.

Bobby himself remembers his time at Arsenal so fondly that should he break Gooner hearts by finding the net, he wouldn't celebrate as a gesture of respect ..... but that's not to say he won't be trying his damnedest to knock his former employers out for the season.

'When I go out to face Arsenal for the first time since leaving, there will be a lot of emotion, but I`m sorry Arsenal fans, if I can play well and eliminate them then I`m going to do it. But for Villarreal, not for me.' Said Bobby

'We are teams with contrasting styles but also with top-quality players. It`s not the best thing to be playing the return leg away from home but if we perform like we have in the past we can get through.

'If I`m lucky enough to score I know that I won`t celebrate, simply as a gesture of respect to a club, and their fans, which have meant so much in my career.'

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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday April 6 2009
Time: 11:06AM

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Outside of Arsenal quaters, he's very under-apreciated. Great, allround footballer. Completely off topic here, but does anyone know if our Stadium will still bear the name 'Emirates Stadium' when the sponsorship deal runs out?
ArsenalRob
06/04/2009 12:47:00
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Outside of Arsenal quaters, he's very under-apreciated. Great, allround footballer. Completely off topic here, but does anyone know if our Stadium will still bear the name 'Emirates Stadium' when the sponsorship deal runs out?
ArsenalRob
06/04/2009 12:47:00
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As long as we are 5-0 up at the time I would be happy for Bobby to score - and celebrate!
Amos.
06/04/2009 12:49:00
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As long as we are 5-0 up at the time I would be happy for Bobby to score - and celebrate!
Amos.
06/04/2009 12:49:00
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The naming rights for the Emirates don't expire until 2019 so it won't be an issue for another 10 years. Then the club are free to renew the sponsorship or rename the stadium if another sponsor were to buy the rights.
Amos.
06/04/2009 12:52:00
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The naming rights for the Emirates don't expire until 2019 so it won't be an issue for another 10 years. Then the club are free to renew the sponsorship or rename the stadium if another sponsor were to buy the rights.
Amos.
06/04/2009 12:52:00
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Our Stadium will always be Ashburton Grove ;-) Pires never gets mentioned in the same breath as previous foreign 'greats' but for me he's well up there with anyone that's played in England.
shewore
06/04/2009 13:15:00
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Our Stadium will always be Ashburton Grove ;-) Pires never gets mentioned in the same breath as previous foreign 'greats' but for me he's well up there with anyone that's played in England.
shewore
06/04/2009 13:15:00
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I think the club made a bit of a mistake with the naming rights. Southampton (and yes I realise the irony of pointing them out as a model for decision making at a football club) gave their stadium a name and stuck the sponsor's name in front of it, knowing full well people would not bother with 'The Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium' and abbreviate without the sponsor. By giving the stadium no other identity other than its sponsor, the club have missed a trick to get more onside with fans and the next sponsor will be less forthcoming as they know it will take people a few years to stop calling it 'The Emirates.'
Little Dutch
06/04/2009 13:16:00
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I think the club made a bit of a mistake with the naming rights. Southampton (and yes I realise the irony of pointing them out as a model for decision making at a football club) gave their stadium a name and stuck the sponsor's name in front of it, knowing full well people would not bother with 'The Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium' and abbreviate without the sponsor. By giving the stadium no other identity other than its sponsor, the club have missed a trick to get more onside with fans and the next sponsor will be less forthcoming as they know it will take people a few years to stop calling it 'The Emirates.'
Little Dutch
06/04/2009 13:16:00
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