Former Arsenal star Wiltord announces comeback plans

London, April 8 (IANS) Four years after he hung up his boots after a glittering club and international career, former Arsenal star Sylvain Wiltord has revealed that he plans to come out of retirement at the age of 41.

“After much reflection, I have decided to make my grand return to football,” the former France winger posted on social media platform Twitter.

“Tune in on April 20 for my press conference.”

Wiltord, who was a part of the France squad that won the Euro Cup in 2000 and reached the World Cup final in 2006, has not revealed the club where he will make his return.

Wiltord started his senior club career with French outfit Rennes. He was adjudged the French footballer of the Year in 1999 while playing for Bordeaux. He signed for Arsenal from Bordeaux for a then-club record fee of 13 million pounds in 2000, weeks after scoring the stoppage-time equaliser in the Euro 2000 final.

He had a hugely successful four-year spell at Arsenal, winning two English Premier League (EPL) titles and two FA Cups. The Frenchman became extremely popular among Arsenal fans after he scored the winner at Old Trafford against Manchester United, which clinched the EPL title in 2002.

Wiltord was also a member of the Arsenal squad which went undefeated in the EPL for the whole of the 2003/04 season. They were the last Arsenal team to win the EPL. He played 175 times for Arsenal, occasionally pairing star striker Thierry Henry or otherwise starting either from the bench or on the wings.

Wiltord, who won 92 caps for France, returned to his native country in 2004 and won three French championships with Lyon. He announced his retirement after a season with Nantes in 2012.

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