#sports activities Brentford’s Josh Dasilva will relish chance to play old club Arsenal
Brentford’s Josh Dasilva will relish the chance to tackle his old Arsenal team-mates after coming by way of the hell of hip and hamstring accidents that stored him sidelined for over a yr
- Brentford tackle Arsenal on the Gtech Community Stadium on Sunday
- Midfielder Josh Dasilva may line up for the Bees in opposition to his former club
- Dasilva was a part of the identical academy cohort as Smith-Rowe and Nketiah
- But he left the club in 2018 seeking extra common first-team soccer
- He suffered the blow of 11 months on the sidelines after struggling a hip damage
- That was adopted nearly instantly by the setback of a hamstring downside
Former Arsenal midfielder Josh Dasilva says sharing the pitch along with his old team-mates this afternoon could be a second to savour having not way back been informed that he won’t play soccer once more.
Dasilva, now of Brentford, first joined Arsenal when he was eight earlier than opting to go away the club in 2018 and was a part of the identical group as Emile Smith-Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, and has additionally performed with England star Bukayo Saka.
And Dasilva says it might deliver him an excessive amount of pleasure if he have been in a position to share the pitch along with his former team-mates when the 2 sides face off, though Smith-Rowe may miss out by way of damage.
Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva has loved a wonderful opening to the season
Dasilva has returned from damage difficulties to play repeatedly for the Bees this season
‘I understand how arduous it’s to be the place they’re and sharing that pitch with them, enjoying in most likely the very best league on the earth, is second to none,’ he mentioned.
‘We’re all having fun with enjoying in the very best league and it is a very proud second.
‘I’m simply happy with the journey that we’re all occurring. It’s all completely different however we’re all type of on the identical vacation spot, so it is nice.’
Dasilva made a handful of appearances for Arsenal’s first workforce earlier than opting to go away for Brentford, and his time in north London noticed him work underneath Premier League legend Thierry Henry, who was instrumental in his change from striker to central midfield.
The Brentford man admits it was a tricky choice to go away the club, however one he’s happy he made.
‘The choice itself was arduous, however I had to take into consideration my profession,’ he mentioned. ‘At the time I did not actually see a pathway for me to get into Arsenal’s first workforce. I wanted to make my identify elsewhere.
Dasilva was a part of the identical Arsenal academy cohort as Emile Smith Rowe (proper)
‘It does not actually matter what path you are taking. Eddie’s chosen that path, I’ve chosen this path.
‘I all the time mentioned I might by no means remorse the choice of leaving. It was not a choice made frivolously however I’ve loved my time at Brentford.’
Dasilva has made a nice begin to the season, scoring in opposition to Leicester after which in opposition to Man Utd – who he supported as a boy and remembers carrying a United shirt to one in every of his trials with Arsenal.
But the midfielder is lucky to be ready to play soccer in any respect, having not way back been informed that his profession could possibly be over due to points in his proper hip which stored him out for 11 months.
Dasilva fires residence throughout Brentford’s 4-0 win over Manchester United in August
He was then dealt an extra blow final season not lengthy after making his return to motion, sustaining a hamstring damage whereas serving a suspension for being despatched off in opposition to Newcastle.
‘I laughed, actually. I did not actually suppose an excessive amount of of it,’ he mentioned of his response to being informed that he won’t give you the chance to play once more.
‘I believe the hamstring damage was more durable than the hip damage mentally. I type of knew my season was, I would not say over, however as a result of we would have liked factors I knew I wasn’t within the place to begin video games.
‘There was loads of emotion in opposition to Leicester and my brothers and my cousins have been within the crowd so to share that second with them and the workforce, clearly the boys have recognized my state of affairs, and Thomas (Frank) as nicely was actually good.’