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No not those Red Devils, these Red Devils:

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires is in talks with Conference side Crawley over a potential move.

Pires is currently training with the Gunners to keep in shape and is looking for a club after leaving Villarreal in the summer.

West Ham had been in the frame but newly-rich Crawley – nicknamed the Red Devils – have emerged as a shock contender to take on the 36-year-old World Cup winner.

Crawley, who have never played in the Football League, are based near Gatwick Airport and boss Steve Evans has already spent heavily in the summer in a spree dubbed “Project Promotion†by owner Bruce Winfield.

They currently lie second in the Blue Square Premier table, two

points behind AFC Wimbledon.


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Love this quote from a scouser:

I'd take him in a heartbeat. I imagine he'd want f**k-all wages at this stage of his career, and he'd be worth it just for the background coaching for the likes of Pacheco, Suso, Amoo, and even Joe Cole who still has to learn when to pass, when to dribble, and when to break out a bit of trickery.
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Would be quite amazing to see a big name like Pires turning out in non-league although there is clearly some money and ambition at Crawley. Regardless I hope AFC Wimbledon can hold them off and win promotion. That and see MK Dons drop into Div 2 for a tasty Wimbledon vs. FC Franchise clash next year. Its certainly becoming a tough division to get out of with so many former league teams finding themselves battling in there. Oxford, Cambridge, Luton, Mansfield, York, Wrexham have all seen better days. Despite that it is Crawley and AFC Wimbledon in the top 2 spots.

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Aston Villa have confirmed that former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires will join the club later this week.

The 1998 World Cup winner has been in talks with the club as a free agent following his release by Spanish side Villarreal in the summer.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier is currently short of options in midfield due to injuries while Pires has been training with Arsenal and could be thrown into action quickly.

Pires, 37, won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners as well as the European Championship trophy in 2000 with France.

Villa assistant manager Gary McAllister told the club's website, avfc.co.uk, This is pure gold.....................

"Robert has been training at Arsenal....so should hit the ground running"

Nothing new then from the diving tw@t!!!!

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Ever since Houllier has taken over at Aston Villa I have felt like they are just delaying the inevitable post O'Neill decline. That man is taking them nowhere but midtable.

Signing Pires just proves it further. It reminds me of Newcastle after Robson left. Unremarkable managers, journeyman veterans, and a squad that has so much potential but never quiite made it big. I know they still have alot of young talent, but all of it a far cry from the team that was within touching distance of the Champions League.

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