Former Arsenal striker set for sensational return to English football aged 40

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: A general view outside the stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on October 28, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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He made 41 Premier League appearances for Arsenal – and now he's preparing for an extraordinary comeback in England's 10th tier.

Eduardo da Silva has been coaxed out of retirement by Dorset-based Gillingham Town, who ply their trade in the Western League Division One – five divisions below even League Two, the bottom tier of English professional football.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...