Pires has revealed that he 'really likes' four current players in Arsenal's squad, and also admitted that he is in regular contact with Saka, who has stood out for the Frenchman.
Pires told FourFourTwo: "We've all seen his quality, I'm not surprised by his career.
"I'm in contact with him and we chat from time to time. He asks me for advice, and he's a very intelligent boy. Saka, Smith Rowe, Martinelli… they're all important players I really like.
"It's the same with Aaron Ramsdale. Together, they represent the future of Arsenal and must grow alongside more experienced players like Xhaka, Gabriel or Partey. That mix was hard to put together, but Mikel Arteta has finally found the right formula."