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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Arsenal midfielder Pires open to offers

Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires declared himself open to offers but vowed not to rush a decision on whether his future lies at Highbury.

The 32-year-old has less than six months remaining on his Arsenal contract, and although he has been offered a new one-year deal, beginning in the summer, the Frenchman is seeking two years.

He is free to negotiate with other clubs now, under terms of the Bosman ruling, but only after talks with manager Arsene Wenger will he be ready to declare whether this season is to be his last after six years at Arsenal.

'I am now free to commit myself to another club,' said Pires.

'I don't want to get too worried with this at the moment and I will see what happens.

'I will meet with Arsene Wenger this month. I will see what he wants to do with me before making any decision about my future.'

Pires has been out of the picture with France for the past year after a series of rows with manager Raymond Domenech, but he recently expressed his hope of winning back his place in time for the World Cup.

He told today's L'Equipe newspaper: 'I believe I can play at the highest level for another two seasons and I am open to any proposal.

'Everything will depend on the professional and financial aspects.

'Mentally and physically I feel I am still at the top.'

Wenger confirmed last month that talks with Pires were pending.

'In January, we will sit together. We will try to have a good chat,' said the Gunners boss.

However he added that Arsenal were only likely to offer one more year to the former Marseille player.

'Up to now, yes [that has been the policy] - but you can always have exceptions,' said Wenger.