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Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has admitted to regrets over the way his time at the club ended after completing his transfer to Juventus.
Szczesny spent the last two season on loan to AS Roma after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal with the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea.
He completed a permanent move to Juventus and has posted a heartfelt goodbye to the Gunners on his personal Instagram page.
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! ❤
Szczesny leaves Arsenal for more playing time, but it seems clear he is disappointed to see his time at the Emirates Stadium end. ‘I’m delighted to be at Juventus. I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon – a true legend of the game,’ Szczesny said upon joining the club. ‘When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here ‘I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win. At this club there’s the right mentality to do so – I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.’ He added: ‘Regrets for how the adventure ended at Arsenal? Yes.’