Former Arsenal forward Antonio Reyes has spoken to the Spanish media about his fond memories playing for the Premier League side and also Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal meet Atletico Madrid on Thursday in the semi finals of the Europa League.
Speaking to Marca, Reyes was asked about the game between his former clubs:”It will be a beautiful eliminator, I am very fond of the two teams. All the memories are beautiful. In England I won my first titles and that is never forgotten.
“At Atlético they were not winning titles and that Europa League against Fulham again made the club a little bigger than it was.”
Reyes spent three seasons at Arsenal and impressed for the Gunners in his first season at the club. The Spaniard won the Premier League title in 2003/04 and subsequently played his part in Arsene Wenger’s side going the whole league campaign unbeaten.
However, his form began to dip in his second season in England with reports Reyes was feeling homesick, which eventually led to the player being loaned to Real Madrid in 2006.
The former Spain international finally moved to his home country on a permanent basis when he signed for Atletico Madrid in 2007.
It seems from his comments the 34 year old’s loyalties will be split when the two sides meet at the Emirates on Thursday night.