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Arsenal boss rules out move for Robert Pires

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Arsene Wenger has ruled out any chance of re-signing former star Robert Pires after the player was seen training with the club.

Pires, who spent six highly successful seasons with Arsenal between 2000 and 2006 scoring 84 goals and winning two league titles and two FA Cups.

He left to join Villarreal in the summer of 2006 before returning to the Premier League to play under Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa but is now without a club.

The 39-year-old has since returned to Arsenal's London Colney training centre and is training with the first team squad.

With Mathieu Flamini recently returning to the club on a free transfer, rumours were abound that Wenger was considering offering Pires a short-term deal in a bid to ease the strain on the injury crisis that has hit the wings at the Emirates.

Wenger has shown a keenness to bring old stars back to the club with Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry and Jens Lehmann enjoying second spells at the club in recent seasons.

However, Wenger has poured cold water over reports of a move for Pires, insisting he is not planning on offering the Frenchman a dramatic return to the club.

He told reporters: "No, he will not join us. He is still very fit - occasionally he comes to practice."

Pires is yet to announce his official retirement from the game.

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