Aaron Ramsey sends message to Arsenal supporters about Arsene Wenger
Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey reflects on his time at the Gunners ahead of his summer move to Juventus
Aaron Ramsey paid tribute to Arsene Wenger for bringing the Welsh star to Arsenal in a farewell message to the club’s supporters on Sunday.
The Wales international was in attendance for Arsenal’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Brighton at The Emirates on Sunday, a result which all but ended their top-four hopes.
Ramsey has been injured since Arsenal’s victory over Napoli in the Europa League last month to bring the versatile midfielder’s season to a premature end.
The 28-year-old has already signed a pre-contract agreement with Serie A giants Juventus to move to Turin in the summer transfer window when his Arsenal contract expires.
Ramsey had initially been in discussions with the Gunners over a new deal but the north London side ended up withdrawing their contract offer.
The former Cardiff City midfielder was at The Emirates to watch Arsenal draw 1-1 with Brighton in their final home fixture of the Premier League season.
Speaking to Arsenal’s website after the stalemate, Ramsey opened up about leaving the north London outfit:
“It’s been a pretty emotional day,” Ramsey told Arsenal’s website. “It’s 11 years of my life that I have spent here and so much has happened to me on and off the field.
“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 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.
“I just want to say thank you very much for all the fans’ support over the years, there has 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.”
Wenger signed Ramsey in a £5m deal from Cardiff in the 2008 summer transfer window ahead of interest from Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United side.
Ramsey won three FA Cup titles during his 11-season spell at The Emirates but the Welsh midfielder missed out on Premier League glory.