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Arsenal fans have already spent many years waiting for a championship title and have possibly run out of patience, but at least with Alexandre Lacazette, they will have to be patient. That’s at least what Robert Pires hopes.
I think he will be a success. He is a good striker who has scored a lot of goals with Lyon. Of course it will be very difficult in the beginning because when you play in France and move to England it is not the same, it is very aggressive
the former Gunner told reporters, before remembering his own first months in England, after his move from Marseille, in 2000.
To make the adaption, to find the rhythm and the tempo, for me it took six or seven months. It was very tough, for me it was the aggression and intensity. For me, because I came from France, it was heavy and that is why it is difficult in the Premier League
the former France international said. He actually revealed what he thought the first time he sat on Arsenal’s bench and watched a Premier League match from there.
I remember that moment. It was my first game away at Sunderland and Arsene said ‘Robert, I know you are a bit upset because you want to play but I prefer if you are on the bench and you can watch the game, the fight and the tempo.’ After 20 minutes sat on the bench I said to myself ‘what are you doing here?’ because it was very, very difficult. I remember one tackle from Patrick Vieira and I thought this football wasn’t for me
Pires remembered. Turned out, the Premier League was for him, since he did thrive under Wenger at Arsenal.