Robert Pires names dream 5-a-side team including four ex-Arsenal aces

Pires was a part of Arsenal's infamous Invincibles team
Pires was a part of Arsenal’s infamous ‘Invincibles’ team (Pictures: Getty Images)

Robert Pires has selected his ‘ultimate’ 5-a-side team including four of his former Arsenal teammates.

Ex-France international Pires was a member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ squad – the only side in Premier League history to go a whole season without losing a single game.

Arsene Wenger’s team was packed full of stars, who mixed flair with steeliness and grit as they won 26, drew 12 and, crucially, lost zero to claim the title in the 2003/04 campaign.

Henry is the north London club's all-time top scorer on 228 goals
Henry is the north London club’s all-time top scorer on 228 goals (Picture: Getty Images)

When naming his dream 5-a-side squad on the official Europa League Twitter account, Pires began by picking former Germany international Jens Lehmann in goal.

The stopper won league titles with AC Milan in Serie A and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga before getting his hands on the Premier League trophy with the Gunners in their unbeaten 2003/04 season.

‘[He was] a very good professional and had good spirit,’ Pires said of Lehmann.

In defence, Pires opted for ex-Arsenal and England centre-back Sol Campbell, who moved to Highbury from bitter rivals Tottenham and won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups under Wenger.

‘He’s very strong, physical and I need a defender like him,’ Pires added.

One of the Premier League’s most highly-rated midfielders ever, Patrick Vieira, also made the cut. The former France star won multiple major honours with the Gunners, including three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

‘Patrick Vieira, unbreakable,’ Pires beamed. ‘He was my captain. So I need Patrick in the middle of the field.’

The only member of Pires’ squad not to play for Arsenal is France icon Zinedine Zidane, a decorated footballer who has gone on to forge a fine career as a manager with Real Madrid.

‘Zinedine Zidane, of course, the magician,’ Pires continued. ‘I think I don’t have the word or sentence for Zinedine Zidane, he is the best, number one.’

And up front, Pires went for Arsenal’s all-time top goalscorer Thierry Henry, who netted 228 goals in 377 games for the Gunners, winning the Premier League and FA Cup on two occasions before going on to enjoy more success at Barcelona.

‘And my striker, Thierry Henry,’ Pires said. ‘Titi was one of the best strikers. He scored a lot of goals for Arsenal, for France. And for me, it was a privilege to play with Thierry.’ 

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