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Brentford’s Josh Dasilva will enjoy the chance to play against old club Arsenal

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Brentford’s Josh Dasilva will relish the chance to take on his old Arsenal team-mates after coming through the hell of hip and hamstring injuries that kept him sidelined for over a year

  • Brentford takes on Arsenal on Sunday at the Gtech Community Stadium
  • Midfielder Josh Dasilva could be lining up for the Bees against his old club
  • Dasilva was part of the same academy cohort as Smith-Rowe and Nketiah
  • But he left the club in 2018 in search of more regular football in the first team
  • He suffered the blow of 11 months on the sidelines after a hip injury
  • That was almost immediately followed by the relapse of a hamstring problem

Former Arsenal midfielder Josh Dasilva says sharing the pitch with his old team-mates this afternoon would be a moment to savor as it was announced not long ago that he might not be playing football again.

Dasilva, now of Brentford, first joined Arsenal when he was eight years old before choosing to leave the club in 2018 and was part of the same group as Emile Smith-Rowe and Eddie Nketiah, also playing with the English star Bukayo Saka.

And Dasilva says it would bring him a lot of pride if he could share the field with his former team-mates when the two sides face each other, although Smith-Rowe could miss due to injury.

Brentford midfielder Josh Dasilva has enjoyed an outstanding season opening

Dasilva has returned from injury issues to play regularly for the Bees this season

Dasilva has returned from injury issues to play regularly for the Bees this season

“I know how hard it is to be where they are and to share that field with them, playing in probably the best league in the world is unmatched,” he said.

“We all enjoy playing in the best league and it’s a very proud moment.

“I’m just proud of the journey we’re all on. It’s all different, but we’re all pretty much at the same destination, so that’s nice.’

Dasilva made a handful of appearances for Arsenal’s first team before choosing to leave for Brentford, and during his time in North London he worked under Premier League legend Thierry Henry, who was instrumental in his transition from striker to central midfield. .

The Brentford man admits it was a difficult decision to leave the club but he is glad he made it.

“The decision itself was difficult, but I had to think about my career,” he said. “At the time, I didn’t really see a way to get into the Arsenal first team. I had to make my name somewhere else.

Dasilva was part of the same Arsenal academy cohort as Emile Smith Rowe (right)

Dasilva was part of the same Arsenal academy cohort as Emile Smith Rowe (right)

“It doesn’t really matter which way you take. Eddie chose that path, I chose this path.

“I always said I would never regret the decision to leave. It wasn’t a light decision, but I enjoyed my time at Brentford.”

Dasilva has started the season well, scoring against Leicester and then Man Utd – whom he supported as a boy and remembers wearing a United shirt during one of his trials with Arsenal.

But the midfielder is fortunate to be able to play football at all, as he was told not too long ago that his career could be over due to problems in his right hip, which left him out of action for 11 months.

Dasilva shoots home in Brentford's 4-0 win over Manchester United in August

Dasilva shoots home in Brentford’s 4-0 win over Manchester United in August

He was then dealt another blow last season, not long after he returned to action, sustaining a hamstring injury while serving a suspension for being sent off against Newcastle.

“I laughed, really. I haven’t really thought about it,” he said of his reaction when told he might not be able to play anymore.

“I think the hamstring injury was mentally tougher than the hip injury. I kind of knew my season was over, I wouldn’t say it, but because we needed points, I knew I wasn’t in a position to start games.

“There was a lot of emotion against Leicester and my brothers and my cousins ​​were in the crowd, so to share that moment with them and the team, the guys clearly knew my situation, and Thomas (Frank) was also very good. ‘

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