Sylvain Wiltord set for shock return to football

Former Arsenal forward Sylvain Wiltord is planning a surprise football comeback, with more to be revealed in a press conference on April 20.

Sylvain Wiltord has revealed via social media he is readying himself for a sensational return to football at the age of 41.

The former France international last played competitive football during the 2011/12 season for Nantes in Ligue 2 before hanging up his boots at the end of the campaign.

But it appears the fleet-footed winger has been tempted back to the playing field in an unexpected turn of events, taking to Twitter to tell his followers about his upcoming plans.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to make my comeback in football,” he wrote.

“Rendezvous on 20 April for my press conference.”

Wiltord, who is best known for his association with Arsenal, became the north London club’s record signing when he joined from Bordeaux for a fee of £13 million in August 2000.

The Frenchman went on to make over 100 league appearances for the Gunners, scoring 34 goals.

Wiltord won two domestic titles, two FA Cups and was also a member of the legendary ‘Invincibles’ team of 2003-04 who remained unbeaten all season to claim the Premier League trophy.

On the international scene, he is remembered for the 93rd minute goal which forced extra-time in the Euro 2000 final against Italy - a match Les Bleus went on to win through David Trezeguet’s dramatic golden goal.

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