Former skipper Thomas Vermaelen has said thanks to Arsenal and the fans after his move to Barcelona.
The Belgian signed a five year deal with the Catalan club, but took time to post a message on his Facebook page to say goodbye to the Gunners.
“After 5 years at Arsenal – and the last 2 years a proud captain too – it’s time for me to move on,” he said.
“The club, the team, the fans, the manager, the staff and other employees, you all made me feel at home at both the training ground and the Emirates Stadium. It was a wonderful time and I feel blessed I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of such a great club.
“There have been so many wonderful games and experiences, with lifting the FA Cup as an absolute highlight. I would like to thank you all for your support, it was a huge honour to be a Gunner!”
Vermaelen was also praised by Arsene Wenger for his professionalism after what was a difficult period in his career.
Speaking after today’s 3-0 win over Man City, the boss said, “I allowed Thomas Vermaelen to leave before the end of the season because he was not playing regularly, he behaved outstandingly the whole season with dignity.
“It’s difficult to maintain that kind of player at the top level if he doesn’t play regularly. I’m quite grateful and wish him very well because his behaviour was outstanding even if he didn’t play.”