But his family including his mum and dad have returned to Spain this summer and he wants to join them back in Barcelona.
Reports on Tuesday had already speculated that the 22-year-old was angling for a transfer away from north London, but those rumours are now slowly starting to gain traction as Barca's interest in their ex-youth product continues to persist.
Mentality does not spring out of thin air, though, it is nurtured by people.
They say the right-back is furious with the Gunners' Premier League title run last time out, where Arsene Wenger's men finished fifth.
However, Wenger has reportedly turned down the request and is instead doing everything he can to keep the defender at the club.
The German goalkeeper first arrived at Arsenal in 2003, lifting the Premier League title in his first season as the Gunners went the entire Premier League campaign unbeaten.
Part of the former Germany international's coaching education, when he was working on his badges, came when Arsenal allowed him to work at their training base to build up experience.
"I would have preferred to have played for Real Madrid, but the words of Wenger gave me more security", Pires explained upon his signing.
On 4 July, 2000, Arsenal spent £5m on Marseille's Robert Pires and it was one of the best transfers the club have ever completed.