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Ex-Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes passes away

Former Arsenal ace Jose Antonio Reyes, 35, passes away in car crash

June 1, 2019 By Ali M.
Sevilla confirmed the heartbreaking news on Saturday after a tragic traffic collision claimed to Spaniard's life.

On Saturday, Sevilla confirmed heartbreaking news. Los Hispalenses product Antonio Jose Reyes has passed away at the age of 35 after being involved in a tragic traffic collision.

This car crash occurred on Saturday morning and claimed the Spaniard's life, a tweet by his former Liga side stated. The attacker had been a player of Segunda Division side Extremadura before departing from this world.

Reyes first rose to prominence at Sevilla, where he became the youngest ever player to make his debut for the then Segunda Division outfit. Upon helping his team achieve promotion, he made a name for himself as a versatile attacker.

Soon afterward, Arsenal came calling and it was it is his spell at Highbury that he will be remembered for. He only made 13 appearances in the north London giant's Invincibles season, but his two goals towards the end of the 2003/04 campaign played a crucial role in maintaining the team's unbeaten run.

His second term with Wenger's side went down as his most prolific season, making 45 appearances and scoring 12 goals in all competitions. The Spaniard got his hands on the FA Cup that year despite being sent off in the final.

Upon leaving London, he enjoyed spells with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Benfica before returning to boyhood club Sevilla. Reyes won three successive Europa League titles under Emery's tutelage before bidding his second farewell to the club in 2016. 

Several of his former clubs were quick to pass their condolences upon hearing this tragic news, with Arsenal tweeting out their thoughts and prayers. "Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain," the club wrote on their official account.

"From RCD Espanyol we wish to express our heartfelt condolences and send all our support to the family and to those at Sevilla," former employers Espanyol wrote after the confirmation.

Similarly, tweets poured in all across Twitter upon his sudden passing away. Many joined hands in expressing their sorrow at seeing the former Arsenal star lose his life at just the age of 35, including former team-mates Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg.



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