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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger played for Variétés club de against FC Coubron

Wenger’s still got it! Former Arsenal boss, 69, rolls back the years at charity match… a month after skinning Zidane

  • Arsene Wenger played in the inaugural match at Thierry Roland stadium in Paris
  • New facility is named in honour of the French commentator who died in 2012 
  • It is first facility of its type in the northern suburb of Seine-saint-denis
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Arsene Wenger donned his football boots to take part in a charity match at the new Thierry Roland Stadium in northern Paris.

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The 69-year-old played for the Variétés club de France – of whom Roland had been president for 32 years – for a match against FC Coubron, winning 7-1.

The new facility in Seine-saint-denis is named after the French commentator who died in 2012, and is the first synthetic surface in the region.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger played for Variétés club de against FC Coubron

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger played for Variétés club de against FC Coubron

The match was played to inaugurate the new Thierry Roland Stadium in northern Paris

The match was played to inaugurate the new Thierry Roland Stadium in northern Paris

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The match was played to inaugurate the new Thierry Roland Stadium in northern Paris

Of the game, Wenger said: ‘Thierry Roland has done a lot for French football, everyone knows it’s amazing that he did not have a complex to his name sooner, he regrets. 

‘His son regularly came to the stadium when I was training Arsenal.’

The journalist’s wife was present as well as her two children to watch the unveiling of the new pitch.

Wenger was one of several former stars to take part in the game, which his side won 7-1

Wenger was one of several former stars to take part in the game, which his side won 7-1

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Wenger was one of several former stars to take part in the game, which his side won 7-1

The opponents for the match in honour of Roland were local side FC Coubron

The opponents for the match in honour of Roland were local side FC Coubron

The opponents for the match in honour of Roland were local side FC Coubron

‘We were the only municipality in Seine-Saint-Denis to have no synthetic football pitch,’ said Mayor Ludovic Toro. 

‘So I did everything to repair this lack. When it was necessary to find a name, that of Thierry Roland came quickly as he gave for his passion. The project cost about 500 000 €, of which 75% of subsidy. 

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