Jose Antonio Reyes sadly died in a car crash following a training session. He was only 35 years of age. The announcement came from his club Sevilla, amid reports that his car had burst into flames after it left the road and landed on its roof.
Everyone at Arsenal is devastated by the shocking news that our former player Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision in Spain.
Jose Antonio Reyes: 1983-2019
Rest in peace, Jose ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AT6rLFutvI
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 1, 2019
The sound of the Arsenal fans singing the name of José Antonio (Reyes) is still imbedded in the memory, with flashbacks of the talented little Spaniard surging forward to either create an opening or score a near perfect Arsenal goal. Jose Antonio Reyes was a player that was very much an Arsenal and Arsene Wenger type acquisition. One that personified the years of excellence under the Frenchman and was typical of the clubs football philosophy.
Reyes made 66 appearances for Arsenal from 2004-07 and scored 16 goals but he was better than those figures suggest. He bought excitement and style. Reyes played with both a smile and undeniable passion and was also a member of 2004’s invincible squad.
Reyes came at a time when Arsenal were the best side in England, playing the type of attractive football that was admired around the globe. He will be remembered for so much in his short career in north London, such as his audacious nutmegging of an irate Gary Neville. His beautiful right footed strike from the left side of the Middlesborough area in 2003/04.
This Reyes goal against Middlesbrough is one I’ll always remember.
Arsenal were at their pomp, Martin Tyler on top form, Reyes showing what he was about. He’ll be missed.pic.twitter.com/nhdUq85NBn
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) June 1, 2019
Perhaps you recall the brace Reyes scored in the 2-1 defeat of Chelsea in the 5th round of the FA cup (2003/04) which is some comfort after the gunners recent collapse to the blues in the Europa league.
His funeral was held in his beloved home town of Utrera in Spain and his coffin was also taken at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium where more than 11,000 fans were in attendance and bid farwell to the ex-Sevilla captain. The Spain squad also observed a two minute silence ahead of training to pay their respects to the five times Europa league winner.
Many Arsenal legends who were his teammates during the Invincibles season in 2003/04 paid their tribute to their fellow teammate and only talked good things about him on their social media posts. Reyes is survived by three children and his wife Noelia Lopez.
Reminder that Arsenal would never have completed an unbeaten league season without this equaliser.
He may have joined halfway through the campaign but Reyes was a true invincible. pic.twitter.com/jVmYMVae9a
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) June 1, 2019
It gives some much needed perspective to the defeat in a cup competition and fans have taken to social media to remember Reyes and express their sadness. He wasn’t at Arsenal long but he made an impression with his skill, talent and obvious love of the game.