Mikel Arteta played his last match for Arsenal today, and it all got a bit too emotional for the Spanish midfielder.
After five years at the Gunners, Arteta brought the curtain down on his time in north London, and possibly his career, by taking his place in the centre of the park against Aston Villa.
The former Rangers and Everton star, now 34, looked as though he may have scored but upon reflection the strike will probably go down as an own goal by Villa keeper Mark Bunn.
And following an emphatic 4-0 victory which secured second place in the Premier League, Arteta failed to hold back the tears, and let all of his emotions out..
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 15, 2016
In what was Arteta’s 150th appearance in the club’s colours, and, as you can see, he left the field to a standing ovation, and was understandably unable to control his emotions while saying goodbye.
The midfielder has been linked with a possible coaching role at Manchester City under new boss Pep Guardiolanext season.