Scottish tennis pro and self-proclaimed Arsenal fan Andy Murray warmed up for his French Open final appearance with a game of boules against Gunners legend Robert Pires in Paris, revealing his ultimate Arsenal five-a-side team along the way.
Murray says he grew up a fan of Scottish club Hibernian because his grandfather played for the team, but eventually started supporting Arsenal because of the way the team played with Pires and fellow club legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp. It will come as no surprise to hear that his team selection was dominated by players from that era.
After asking Pires to pick his top five-a-side team, Murray reveals his own: “I’m taking Tony Adams, Henry, Bergkamp, Pires and (Patrick) Vieira,” the tennis star proclaims.
Pires names a similar lineup, but replaces himself with goalkeeper David Seaman. The two trade Tottenham jibes — “they’re always finishing on the shoulder (of Arsenal),” Pires says — and debate whether any team will ever match the “Invincibles” in going an entire Premier League season unbeaten.
Pires also reveals his belief that Arsenal need more English players who can deal with the physicality of the Premier League, and says that he’d like to see Everton centre-back John Stones partner with Laurent Koscielny.
As for the boules, Murray suffers a convincing defeat to Pires. He met a similar fate in the French Open final against Novak Djokovic, losing in four sets.