By Alex Taylor
Robert Pires believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will snub England in favour of staying with the Gunners.
Wenger, 66, joined the north London outfit 20 years ago from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus.
The Frenchman has been linked with the England job since Sam Allardyce was sacked following an undercover sting operation into corruption in football.
Former Arsenal Invincible Pires is convinced Wenger will stay on at the club where he has spent the last two decades.
“This guy loves the pitch every morning,” Pires told The Sun. “It’s a passion. It’s an obsession. It’s not really the same when you manage a country.
“If he takes this job he would need to adapt to the new challenge, it’s not really the same.
“I know about Arsene, he loves his club Arsenal, he built many things in this club. I know his contract is ending, I don’t know what will happen, but for me the best thing would be for Arsene to continue at Arsenal.”
Pires, who played under Wenger for six years, was an integral part of Arsenal’s invincible side who went unbeaten for the entire 2003-04 Premier League season.
Wenger added to speculation surrounding his possible involvement in England’s national set-up after admitting he was flattered to have been linked with the role.
Despite the rumours, Wenger will be focused on Arsenal’s domestic campaign this term.
His side currently sit third in the league after picking up 16 points from seven matches this season.