Former Arsenal team-mates lead tributes to Jose Antonio Reyes after tragic death in car crash

first_img Read More Read More Read More Full Screen Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell wrote: ‘Devastated by the news of my old team mate Jose Antonio Reyes at Arsenal. What a player. My condolence goes out to his family and friends ! Rest in Peace. Big lost.’The club’s official Twitter account put out a statement, reading: ‘Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019. Rest in peace, Jose’ Read More Phil HaighSaturday 1 Jun 2019 1:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link78Shares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More About Connatix V67539 Top articles Another Gunners hero, Ray Parlour, added: ‘So Sad. team mate of mine and great talent RIP Jose.’ PLAY SPONSORED Coming Next 1/1 AdvertisementAdvertisementCesc Fabregas posted an emotional tribute on Instagram: ‘My first great friend in the world of professional football, my roommate, who always wanted to sleep with the air conditioning even at -10 degrees.‘A humble guy who always had a smile on his face, great footballer and great person. I could not wake up today in a worse way.I will never forget when you and your family welcomed me at your home in my first Christmas in England when I was alone and was 16 years old. I will never forget our tennis football matches in the gym before and after workouts.‘Our connection in the field was also special, since it was always easy to find yourself between the lines so that you could later mark the differences. I always say that you have been one of the greatest talents in our football and I know that I am not wrong. 2 days ago I was talking about you in an interview, it might be a sign, who knows, to remember you, my great friend.‘I will never forget you, we will never forget you. Always in our hearts. Rest in peace Jose Antonio Reyes. Love you very much.’Arsene Wenger, who managed Reyes at Arsenal, wrote: ‘I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose. To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts.’Freddie Ljunberg, who also played with Reyes in north London tweeted: ‘Numbed by the news about my former team-mate, Jose Antonio Reyes. Gone far too soon, my thoughts are with his family and friends.’ 1 min. story Former Arsenal team-mates lead tributes to Jose Antonio Reyes after tragic death in car crash Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Jose Antonio Reyes starred for Arsenal from 2004-07 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Friends, team-mates and fans have written tributes to Jose Antonio Reyes after the news of his tragic death in a car crash at just 35-years-old.The former Arsenal, Sevilla and Real Madrid striker was killed in a crash in Spain on Saturday morning with the football world hit badly by the horribly sad news.The Spaniard was most recently playing for Extremadura in the Spanish second flight, after spells at Espanyol, Cordoba and in China with Xinjiang Tianshen Leopard.Reyes is best known in the UK for his time at Arsenal from 2004-07, during which he won the Premier League, FA Cup and a runners-up medal in the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENT Video Settings Comment by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / Advertisement Advertisement Skip Abou Diaby offered his condolences to the Reyes family: ‘Very sad to hear the news about José Antonio Reyes. An amazing player and a wonderful team mates. My thoughts are with all his family and friends. Rest in peace.’ Reyes was just 35-years-old at the time of his death (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry tweeted: ‘I’m devastated to hear the sad news about José Antonio Reyes. Wonderful player, superb team mate and exceptional human being. I wish his family and friends continued strength and courage to get through this difficult time. #takenfartoosoon’ Arsenal fan Piers Morgan offered his sentiment: ‘Desperately sad & shocking news… José Antonio Reyes, whose crucial late season goals helped Arsenal become the ‘Invincibles’ in 2004, has been killed in a car crash aged just 35. RIP.‘The Invincibles, one of the greatest teams in football history, with José Antonio Reyes among them. This is such a sad day for José’s family, his former teammates & all Arsenal fans.’ MORE: Former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes dies in tragic car crashMORE: Arsenal have contacted Thomas Meunier over summer transfer but Man Utd remain keen on the full-back Arsenal veteran, Robert Pires, wrote: ‘Devastated to hear the very sad news about my dear friend Jose Antonio Reyes. Rest In Peace.’ Skip Adlast_img read more

Blues miss chance to go top

first_img A draw between Sunderland and West Brom – two and three points above the Canaries, respectively – on Wednesday would all but seal the Norfolk side’s fate as they have such an inferior goal difference that a win at home to Arsenal next Sunday would be immaterial. Just like for Chelsea, Norwich’s lack of firepower appears to have been their undoing. The Canaries have scored just 28 goals all season – 11 of them away from home – and were denied the chance of a 29th from the penalty spot when Martin Olsson was fouled in the area by John Terry. Andre Schurrle hit the post for Chelsea in a poor first half of a game enlivened when David Luiz was introduced at half-time alongside Eden Hazard. Luiz struck the bar soon three minutes after his introduction before the Belgium playmaker thought he had been fouled for a penalty. Ryan Bennett swiped wildly at Hazard in the area, making minimal contact but enough to put off the Chelsea forward and to give the Blues reason to feel aggrieved. There was little to celebrate as the Chelsea players lapped the field at the end of their final home game of the season, with some likely to have played their final matches at Stamford Bridge. The futures of captain Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are still to be clarified as they enter the final weeks of their current contracts, with Mourinho often outlining his desire to keep the trio. At the end of a week which began with a win at Liverpool which resurrected their title hopes, and then saw the Blues eliminated from the Champions League, Jose Mourinho’s men once again demonstrated their lack of cutting edge. The goalless draw left Chelsea, who visit already relegated Cardiff next weekend, one point behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool, who have two games in hand, while Norwich’s relegation could be completed on Wednesday. A blunt performance against 18th-placed Norwich saw Chelsea miss the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League ahead of the concluding week of the season. Press Association Others are certain to leave, but Hazard is unlikely to be among them despite feeling the wrath of Mourinho this week. Hazard collected the Blues supporters’ player of the year award on the pitch before kick-off, wearing a tracksuit after dropping to the bench as one of five changes following the midweek loss to Atletico Madrid. The Belgium forward, who has been continually linked with Paris St Germain, was criticised by Mourinho in the wake of the Blues’ elimination as “not the kind of player to sacrifice himself for the team”. His place went to Schurrle, who shot straight at John Ruddy after Michael Turner gifted the German the ball. Turner then stood his ground to bodycheck Demba Ba as the striker surged into the box. Norwich might have had a penalty in the 11th minute when Bradley Johnson fed Olsson, with Cole and Terry each diving in. The Blues captain clattered Olsson, but referee Neil Swarbrick dismissed appeals. Shorn of the beard he sported in recent weeks, Cole showed more attacking zip and saw one cross towards Ba intercepted by Ruddy. But Chelsea lacked the incisiveness of Cole’s razor, giving Norwich hope. Terry headed straight at Ruddy from a corner by Schurrle, who then hit the post after Nemanja Matic dispossessed Robert Snodgrass and brilliantly found his team-mate down the left. Schurrle cut in on to his favoured right foot and beat Ruddy with his shot across goal, but the ball bounced back off the foot of the upright and Norwich scrambled clear. Lampard was replaced at half-time along with the equally ineffective Mohamed Salah and their replacements fashioned a chance for Chelsea. Hazard dazzled in the corner, fed Branislav Ivanovic, who in turn found Luiz to strike a rasping first-time effort against the bar. Chelsea had a penalty appeal waved away when Alexander Tettey lunged at Schurrle inside the box, and another when Hazard ran into Bennett, who did not make contact with the man or ball, which went to Terry in an offside position. Ivanovic was booked for his protests and Mourinho made a brief exit down the tunnel before returning to tell fourth official Michael Oliver his opinion. The Portuguese has long advocated television replays and was perhaps making use of a screen. Nathan Redmond was introduced by Neil Adams and surged at Chelsea’s defence, freeing Snodgrass whose shot was blocked by Gary Cahill. The chance roused Norwich and Chelsea, who threw on Fernando Torres for Matic in a bid to find a winner. Hazard was denied by Ruddy and Norwich found space as Chelsea pushed forwards, but all too often crucial passes went awry. Bennett’s last-ditch tackle denied Torres in stoppage time as Chelsea failed to find a late winner. last_img read more

Irish Rugby back in training ahead of Scotland clash

first_img© IRFU The Irish Rugby team have received a big boost with the news that Tadgh Furlong and Iain Henderson are on course to be fit for Saturday’s Six Nations showdown with Scotland.Hamstring injuries forced both players out of the win over Wales, but Ireland management expect them to train fully this week.The Munster pair of Andrew Conway and Niall Scannell have been ruled out of the game, due to knee and rib issues. Ulster’s Rob Herring has rejoined the squad have overcome an elbow problem.last_img read more