Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes that Arsene Wenger will leave when he wins his fourth league title, having not won the trophy in 12 years since the Invincible season. Pires still trains with the Arsenal first team every morning and has been made an ambassador for the club, so that he can keep the club's stature flying high.
The Gunners have failed to challenge for the title in recent years, finishing second in the league behind Leicester City in the previous campaign, despite being top of the table in January. A run of poor form in the league, saw them finish 10 points behind the Champions and are currently five points behind leaders Manchester City, having started the season poorly.
Pires revealed that the only time he had seen Wenger emotional was when he lifted the title in 2004 and that he will like to relive that moment again before calling it a day. The Frenchman's contract with the Gunners expires after the end of this season, with the manager yet to put pen to any extension thus far.
"It's then that I imagine him saying, 'I'm leaving,'" Pires said, as quoted by ESPN. "Each start of the season his number one goal is to win the Premier League. Actually, the only time I have seen him really emotional was when we were champions of England in 2004. At the moment he lifted the trophy, I saw him touched, caught up with emotion.
"It's the year when we finished champions without losing a game. I don't know if he'll say it one day, but I think it is his proudest moment."
Arsenal have recovered from their indifferent start this season and are currently on 13 points, level with Liverpool but ahead on goal difference. The Gunners face Burnley next in the league, following a 3-0 win over Chelsea, where they annihilated their opponents in the first half, having not won against the Blues in the league in almost five years.