Date: 6th April 2009 at 11:07am
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Football has always had a habit of reuniting old friends (or foes) in pretty much every cup tie in every competition, and Arsenal’s Champions League quarter final against Villarreal tomorrow is no different as Gunners legend Robert Pires will face his old team for the first time since leaving in 2006.

When Arsene’s army scooped the double in 2002, Robert Pires was arguably the best player on the planet, whilst his theatrics may have been frustrating at times (and what most rivals fans remember him for) his flare, skill, passing and eye for goal has earned him legendary status in North London.

Bobby himself remembers his time at Arsenal so fondly that should he break Gooner hearts by finding the net, he wouldn’t celebrate as a gesture of respect ….. but that’s not to say he won’t be trying his damnedest to knock his former employers out for the season.

‘When I go out to face Arsenal for the first time since leaving, there will be a lot of emotion, but I`m sorry Arsenal fans, if I can play well and eliminate them then I`m going to do it. But for Villarreal, not for me.’ Said Bobby

‘We are teams with contrasting styles but also with top-quality players. It`s not the best thing to be playing the return leg away from home but if we perform like we have in the past we can get through.

‘If I`m lucky enough to score I know that I won`t celebrate, simply as a gesture of respect to a club, and their fans, which have meant so much in my career.’