Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires will attend a Premier League Live event in Bengaluru, India on October 14 and 15.
The Arsenal club website has announced the Frenchman will head back over to India for the event, after his previous spell with FC Goa in the Indian Super League. Fans will reportedly have the chance to take a photo with Pires and the Invincibles trophy, as well as watching the Arsenal-Watford match at 10pm on Saturday, October 14.
In my opinion, it’s another indication of how much Arsenal have grown into a global club, with fans in different countries all over the world making it worthwhile to send a club legend like Pires all that way to meet them.
It’s also a great opportunity for those supporters who may not have ever been able to see a current or former Arsenal player in person. Now they will get the chance to meet one, not to mention the chance to meet other fans at the event.
If you don’t live in the same country as a team you enjoy watching, meeting other supporters is going to be more difficult. So live events such as Pires’ to come in October are beneficiary to such fans.
Being cynical, it’s perhaps more about Arsenal and the Premier League building their brand and getting more people abroad hooked on the sport and the league. But that doesn’t mean some good can’t come out of it too. Hopefully it’s an enjoyable event for everyone involved.