Former Arsenal star Robert Pires set to sign for Crawley Town. Really?

Posted by - October 21, 2010 - Arsenal, Non-league, Transfer News and Gossip

Bobby back in Blighty

Non-league Crawley Town are set to start to talks with World Cup-winner Robert Pires about a move to the club, according to the BBC. The 36-year-old former Arsenal player has been without a club since leaving Villarreal in the summer and is seemingly ready to enter discussions with the Blue Square Premier outfit.

Pires has been back in training with Arsenal this week and Arsene Wenger was being very nice about him. But it is Crawley who have come in first with a genuine offer.

Owner Bruce Winfield is currently bankrolling the club’s ‘Project Promotion’ as they seek to break into the Football League. Manager Steve Evans has already welcomed several (relatively) big-money signings to the club and is rumoured to have more to spend.

OTP must admit we never envisaged Pires as a ‘love of the game’ man who would be playing non-league football into his late thirties. Perhaps we got it completely wrong or perhaps he is hoping to flush out some interest from clubs a little higher up the pyramid.

Pires has said he will retire if he has not found a new club by the end of January.