Arsenal star Dani Ceballos has delivered an emotional tribute to childhood hero and former Gunner Jose Antonio Reyes.
Reyes died earlier this year after he was tragically involved in a car crash back in Spain.
The Arsenal ‘Invincible’ would’ve celebrated his 36th birthday today, but has been firmly in Ceballos’ thoughts.
The Real Madrid loanee has been hugely impressive so far in north London and he has paid tribute to Reyes ahead of today’s north London derby.
“I joined Arsenal not long after Reyes died. He was on my mind a lot around that time,” he told the club’s media channel.
“I’m sure he would have given me lots of recommendations on good stuff to do here in London.
“That was impossible because of his death, which was sad news for the world of football.
“I’m sure he’s up there, proud that I’m following in his footsteps and I’m proud to be following in his footsteps too.”
Reyes was part of Arsenal’s famous title celebrations at White Hart Lane back in 2004.
Now it is up to Ceballos to leave his own legacy at Arsenal and his popularity has only increased following his show of emotion.
“Gone but not forgotten,” said one fan on social media.
“RIP champion, invincible, Legend,” added another.
Ceballos and Arsenal are looking to bounce back from last weekend’s reverse at Arsenal and seal a third straight league win over Tottenham.