Once a Gunner Always a Gunner! Wojciech Szczęsny Posts Heartfelt Message as He Joins Juventus
Wojciech Szczesny has addressed Arsenal fans in an emotional post on social media site Instagram.
The goalkeeper has left the Emirates Stadium to join Italian giants Juventus after an 11-year stint in London.
The Polish stopped has spent the last two seasons on loan at Roma, and in that time he has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance - last season in particular he was outstanding between the sticks.
He was ousted after the Gunners signed Petr Cech from Chelsea, but a lot of supporters have pleaded for the 27-year-old to return and replace his replacement.
I remember being a young boy in Poland, watching David Seaman, Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp and others play for Arsenal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to play for the club I supported as a little kid. When I was approached by Arsenal in 2005 my world changed forever. I began my journey as a 16 year old boy at the Arsenal's academy, trying to one day become a first team player, going out for evening runs in East Barnet with Jack Wilshere. Little did we know then, that couple years later we'd beat Barcelona in the Champions League and wear the no.1 and no.10 shirts. It has been over 11 years since I became an Arsenal player and I never thought the day I leave this club would come. Everything that I am and everything that I have, I owe to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Liam Brady, David Court, Bob Arber, Steve Bould, Neil Banfield, Mike Salmon, Tony Roberts, Gerry Peyton, Pat Rice and many others. Words can't describe my gratitude to these people and love for this club. Today I move on, ready for the new challenge in my life, taking with me only the good memories and bag of expierience. I leave hopeful that those days of Berkamp,Henry, Seaman and others are soon to return to Emirates Stadium and Arsenal get back to winning the Premier League. I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner! ❤
But Szczesny has made the move to Turin in a deal that could rise to €15.1m, but he did take some time out to reflect on his time at Arsenal.
He said: "I remember being a young boy in Poland, watching David Seaman, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and others play for Arsenal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to play for the club I supported as a little kid. When I was approached by Arsenal in 2005 my world changed forever.
"I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner! ❤"
The lengthy post also paid tribute to manager Arsene Wenger and other important figures at the club, and he placed on record his wishes to see the glory days of Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and David Seaman return the club once again in the Premier League.