We all thought the worse news for Arsenal this weekend would have been Spurs winning the Champions League. Yet in a week when gooners have been upset about the Europa League Final, therefore worrying about our transfer policy, the news from Spain has put everything into perspective.
Jose Reyes has died as of a result of a car crash. He was just 35. Anyone passing away so young is tragic but especially under circumstances that could have been avoided, with the midfielder driving at 105mph. It’s worth remembering as the driver, he was responsible for his passengers. By driving so fast, he’s responsible for the death of his cousin and injuries to the other, something he would have faced charges for if he had survived. If nothing else this should be a warning about the dangers of speeding.
Some felt the Spaniard was not tough enough for the physical nature of English football often being singled out when we went to Old Trafford while others were disappointed how quickly he became home sick, wanting to return to his homeland. Yet he has played a part in our proud history, with milestones no one can take away with him. In 2004 he became the first Spaniard to win the Premiership also winning an FA Cup while contributing to our one and only road to the Champions League Final.
He added a La Liga and 5 Europa Leagues to his medal collection. Arsenal have always prided themselves on being a family club and doing things the right way, lowering our flag yesterday, with tributes led by Arsene Wenger. He’s the first member of our ‘Invincibles’ to pass away, leaving 3 young children. That is the biggest heartbreak of them all.
Once a Gooner, always a Gooner