Wojciech Szczesny’s goodbye message will definitely make Arsenal fans cry.
The Polish goalkeeper today sealed a £10million move to Serie A champions Juventus – with the Italian club appearing to have him earmarked as Gianluigi Buffon’s long-term replacement.
It ends an 11-year affiliation with the Gunners for Szczesny, who signed for the club back in 2006 from Legia Warsaw.
He advanced through the youth ranks to become the club’s number one goalkeeper, but lost that role to Petr Cech in 2015 and has spent the last two seasons out on loan at Roma – doing enough with them to persuade Juve to buy him.
Despite not having played for Arsenal since the FA Cup Final win over Aston Villa in May 2015, Szczesny is still popular with the supporters and his goodbye message on Instagram should have them crying:
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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! ❤
Don’t let those tears hit your screen, Arsenal fans.
Szczesny will undoubtedly remain a fan of the north London club, but it looks unlikely that he’ll ever return to the Emirates now that Juve have shown faith in him.
Buffon is 39 and you’d expect he only has a couple more years left of playing before retiring and handing the number one jersey over to the Polish goalkeeper.