Former Gunner Pires joins Villa

FOOTBALL: Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of 37-year-old former Arsenal star Robert Pires on a free transfer. Pires had been released in the summer by Villarreal and was training with the Gunners earlier in the season in a bid to regain his fitness. Villa’s assistant manager Gary McAllister said: “It’s perfect. He’s a player everyone can look up to because of what he has achieved in the past with Arsenal.”