Alex Iwobi’s move to Everton was completed on deadline day, meaning his long association with Arsenal came to an end.
Having joined the club at the age of 9, he grew up a Gunner, and fulfilled his dream of playing for the club he supports.
This evening the Nigerian international sent a message of thanks to the club, staff and fans as he begins the next phase of his career on Merseyside.
Here’s what he had to say.
“I grew up dreaming of playing for Arsenal, following in the footsteps of some of my heroes.
“I’m proud to say that at 23 I’ve achieved one of my dreams. From playing for Arsenal kids to 149 senior appearances. It was an honour to play for the club I supported as a boy.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. So many people to thank, far too many individual names to mention, but I thank you all.
“So many great moments from scoring my first goal at the Emirates, to scoring my last goal in Baku. You’ve all played a big part in my 17 fantastic years.
“Special thanks to the fans, my team mates, the support staff, my coaches Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery who put faith in me and gave me the opportunity to grow as a player and a man.
“BIG love to a special club. Arsenal will be forever in my heart.”
I think everyone here would wish him well at his new club. He’s a Gooner, and hopefully he can score a few against Sp*rs.