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AW 'why i had to take off pires'

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I feel sorry for having done it, sorry for him," said Wenger. "But I had to take one offensive player out without taking [Thierry] Henry out because we had to play on the counter-attack. You keep your strongest, quickest player in the team on the pitch. "Maybe , it’s very difficult to say. We were left with Hleb and Fabregas, who were offensive, Ljungberg as well – then Gilberto. We had already one defender left in there."
pires is still pissed about this dnt blame him tbh

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Pires is pissed and maybe understandable, but what he forgets was he was f*ck*ng lucky to even start. Outside of Henry pleading for Pires to start to Wenger in the hotel, I still dont know how Pires got the nod ahead of Reyes.

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Even though Arsène Wenger handed him “the worst moment of his career”, Robert Pires will take the trouble to thank the Arsenal manager after Tuesday night’s Champions League tie at Villarreal.The French midfielder was sacrificed for keeper Manuel Almunia in the 2006 Final after Jens Lehmann had been sent off in the 18th minute.As it turned out it was the last appearance of Pires’ Arsenal career. Just days after that game he told Wenger he was leaving for Villarreal but not before he asked for an explanation for that decision at the Stade de France.“The final in Paris was the worst moment of my career and two days afterwards I went to Arsène Wenger to speak about two things,” said Pires on Monday night.“The first thing was that I would leave and join Villarreal. The second thing was that I wanted to know why he took me off in the Final.“He said that with me the team would have played more defensively.“I don’t feel angry with Arsène Wenger at all and when I see him I will thank him.“But I thought I would end my career there. In the Final in Barcelona you could see that Wenger had lost his confidence in me. So I left to join Villarreal.“I have been in contact with Arsène Wenger for the past three years. He is a manager I won’t be able to forget because I learnt so much from him. He made me play and win trophies at a very high level. That is important for a club and a player.”And Pires' star is still shining. He will be 36 in October and yet has just been handed a contract extension at a side who, like Arsenal, are hoping to reach the Champions League Semi-Final for the second time in four years.The Frenchman himself is even prepared to look beyond that.“People don’t see Villarreal as potential winners of the Champions League,” he said. “But we think that we can get to the Final and then it is a one-off game.“I would like to thank the President and the General Manager here for giving me another year - that means a lot to me. And I would love to end this season with a title.”

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Never forget the look on his face as he was subbedfelt so sorry for the guythe Ref spoilt the match IMO

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