London: Robert Pires has ruled out a possible return to Arsenal, insisting he is only training with the club to maintain his fitness levels.
Having seen his old team-mate Thierry Henry enjoy a fairytale return when he netted the winner for the Gunners against Leeds United, there have been suggestions that the former France international could be tempted for a similar return to his old club, with whom he has been training recently.
Jack Wilshere took to his Twitter account to add weight to the rumour, stating: “Super, super Robert Pires is training today........return of another king?!? How amazing would that be!”
But the 38-year-old has moved to quash any such talk of a return, insisting on his own account on the social networking site: “And of course i am training just to maintain my fitness level! But thanks I appreciate you all want me back at Arsenal!”
Pires has been seeking a new club since his departure from Aston Villa over the summer and it was believed in some quarters that the winger was contemplating hanging up his boots, although the former Villarreal man was rumoured to have been approached by French side Valenciennes last month.
Pires won three FA Cups and two Premier League titles in an illustrious career with Arsenal, and was part of the famous `Invincibles` side which went unbeaten in the 2003-04 league season.
He also earned 79 caps for France, winning the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.