Arsenal hero Pires so close to Juventus move

Arsenal hero Robert Pires has revealed he came close to signing for Juventus during his career.

Arsenal hero Robert Pires has revealed he came close to signing for Juventus during his career.

Pires says he turned down a move to Juventus in the summer of 2000 in favour of a switch to Arsenal.

“It’s true, I was very close to joining Juventus,” the now 39-year-old told Calcio News 24. “It was 2000, but in the end I opted to join Arsenal. It was my choice.

“There are decisions that a player must make in the course of his career and this was a very tough choice.

“However, being able to play and be coached by Arsene Wenger, with whom I worked for six seasons winning the Premier League title and FA Cup, was absolutely the best for me.

“We also reached the Champions League Final against Barcelona. It was great."

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