R.I.P: Arsenal & Sevilla To Honour Jose Antonio Reyes At Emirates Cup. Arsenal and Sevilla will show respect to former player Jose Antonio Reyes before and during their Emirates Cup match on Saturday.
Reyes died in a car accident in June 2019 at the age of 35. This weekend, two of his former teams, Arsenal and Sevilla, will meet for the first time since his death, and tributes will be given to him.
Prior to the game starting, Reyes will be honoured with a minute of applause, and managers Mikel Arteta and Julen Lopetegui will trade shirts with his name and number on them. Francisco Reyes, Reyes’ father, will be present in the directors’ box while a video is shown on the Emirates Stadium big screens.
The man of the match trophy has been named in his honour, and there are plans for an additional minute of ovation in the ninth minute to honour the number he wore when playing for Arsenal.
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Reyes made his professional debut at the age of 16 with his local team Sevilla. After playing for the first team for four and a half seasons, he transferred to Arsenal, where he participated in the second half of their 2004-03 “Invincibles” campaign.
The Spaniard played a key role in Arsenal’s journey to the Champions League final in 2006 before joining Real Madrid on loan for the 2006/07 season. The next year, he signed a permanent contract with Atletico Madrid.
Reyes returned to Sevilla in the middle of the 2011/12 season after spending four and a half years in Andalusia. He finished his playing career at Espanyol, Cordoba, Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard, and Extremadura.