By Will Butcher

Robert Pires has revealed that he is eyeing a return to Arsenal as the club’s sporting director.

A member of Arsenal’s Invincible side, Pires is held in high regard in North London after finishing his career with the likes of Villarreal, Aston Villa and Indian Super league side FC Goa.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Pires revealed that he is keen to take on a senior role at the Emirates and is willing to enter talks with Arsenal chiefs to make such a move happen.

When asked if he wanted a sporting director job, Pires replied: “Yes, that is my objective. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I need to talk about it with the owners and Arsene Wenger. I’d love this job, I love to talk with the players.

“If I’m given this job one day, I can stay in contact with football, especially with Arsenal. I have a good relationship with the manager, that’s important. I can work with the players, I can give advice to the young players.”

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The 43-year-old is currently an ambassador with the North London giants, after retiring in 2015 following a short stint in India.

During his six-year stint with Arsenal, the 79-time France international scored 84 goals in 274 league and cup encounters.

His goals helped secure two Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger, as well as three FA Cups and a Champions League runners-up medal in 2006.

In other Arsenal news, Wenger has revealed why he thinks Liverpool have had an easy ride so far.