Ex-Arsenal striker Wiltord retires

Sylvain Wiltord, one of the Arsenal invincibles who went an entire Premier League season unbeaten, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38, the Independent has reported.

Wiltord ended his playing days with Nantes in the French second division, having joined Arsenal in 2000 from Bordeaux. Wiltord spent four years under Arsene Wenger, winning the Premier League title in 2001-02 and 2003-04, the latter the year Arsenal did not taste defeat in the entirety of the league campaign. Wiltord also won the FA Cup twice during his time with the Gunners, in 2002 and 2003.

The trophies won at Arsenal were replicated at different clubs before and after his tenure in England, as prior to moving to Highbury Wiltord won the French League with Bordeaux in 1998-99, and after claimed three consecutive Ligue 1 titles with Lyon in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. Wiltord also won the European Championships in 2000 with France and claimed a runners-up medal for the 2006 World Cup.

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