Arsenal’s esteemed youth set-up can already count David Beckham’s sons among its number and now they have afforded a chance to the offspring of another legendary figure.
Robert Pires, forever etched into Arsenal history as an member of their Invincibles side, has revealed that his young boy Theo, aged just seven, has taken his first steps towards following trail blazed by his father.
Pires shared in image on his Instagram of Theo kitted out in Gunners colours during his first training session with the club’s academy, and it was clearly a proud moment for the Arsenal icon.
There is some way to go for Theo but Arsenal fans will be hoping the little lad can indeed progress through the ranks and make his way into the club’s first-team. It could be quite a story, and we can but dream.
Pires snr was signed by Arsenal from Marseille 15 years ago and established himself as one of the most pivotal players in an unprecedented spell of success for the club in the modern era.
He was a Premier League winner with Arsenal in 2002 and 2004, earning the FWA award for player of the season during the former campaign, and also lifted the FA Cup twice.
Pires made 284 appearances, scoring 84 goals, before leaving Highbury for Villarreal in 2006. A poll of Arsenal fans two years later saw the midfielder voted the club’s sixth greatest player of all-time.
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