Aaron Ramsey admitted he was “very emotional” to be leaving Arsenal for Juventus after 11 years with the Premier League club.
Ramsey waved goodbye to the Gunners fans following Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Brighton.
Welbeck and Cech were given a very warm reception by the Arsenal faithful but it was Ramsey’s introduction that sparked an emotional outpouring from both player and fans alike.
‘I came here as a boy, I’m leaving a man’: Aaron Ramsey left in tears as Arsenal say emotional goodbye to Welsh midfielder after 11 years at the club ahead of his switch to Juventus
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The 28-year-old, who joined from Cardiff in 2008, won three FA Cups during his time at Emirates Stadium, scoring the winning goal in both the 2014 final against Hull and 2017 final against Chelsea.
The Wales international had already played his last game for the club after he was ruled out of the rest of the campaign with a muscular injury suffered during their Europa League quarter-final against Napoli last month.
“It’s been a pretty emotional day. It’s 11 years of my life that I have spent here and so much has happened to me on and off the field,” Ramsey told Arsenal’s website.
“I have really grown up here. I am just grateful for the opportunity to play for this club for such a long time.
“I’ve met so many great people here, made great friends and Arsene [Wenger] bringing me to the club and giving me that opportunity was pretty special.
“To last this long, at a club like this, is something in itself. That doesn’t happen very often anymore, that’s why it’s so emotional and why the bond is so strong.
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“I just want to say thank you very much for all the fans’ support over the years, there have been a few lows but lots of highs and the bond has been so strong because I have been here for such a long time and they have been with me through thick and thin, watching me go from a boy to man.”
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Welbeck will not be offered a new contract and will also leave at the end of the campaign.
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