German midfielder can inspire Arsenal title win, says legend.
Arsenal legend Robert Pires has let slip to the Daily Telegraph that the Gunners are ‘likely’ to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira this January.
The French midfielder, who has come out of retirement to play in the new Indian Super League for Goa FC, believes Khedira is just the kind of player his old side need to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.
The 40-year-old has compared the German international to his old team-mate Patrick Vieira, who was another key member of the ‘Invincibles’ side that won the league unbeaten in 2003/04.
Pires has hinted that the deal is likely to go through, and says it is a real opportunity for the club to sign a vitally important player for their squad.
“Maybe they have an opportuniuty with Khedira,” he said. “It is likely in the January window.
“He played very well with Germany. My advice is if he can buy Khedira he can be the [new] Vieira, more aggression in the middle.
“He has a lot of experience. When you play in the middle you need experience, especially when your midfield is young like Arsenal’s.”
Pires added that although winning the title this season will be a big challenge, with the north London giants nine points behind current leaders Chelsea, he believes anything is possible in football and has not ruled out a comeback.
“They have nine points difference with Chelsea but we can still win the league. It’s very difficult but in football everything is possible,” he said.
Pires is one of many big names looking to promote football in India at the moment, with other former Gunners such as Nicolas Anelka and Freddie Ljungberg also involved, as well as Italy legend Alessandro Del Piero.