Pires set to join Aston Villa

Villa manager Gerard Houllier has been in talks with the 37-year-old about a move, due to the club’s current injury crisis.

Villa assistant boss Gary McAllister told his club’s official website: “Robert has been training at Arsenal.

“I know the boss and Arsene Wenger are very friendly and I believe he’s going to join us in the next two or three days.

“It’s perfect. I am sure he will arrive at the training ground in good condition.

“He’s a player everyone can look up to because of what he has achieved.”