Earlier today it was confirmed that Carl Jenkinson’s eight year Arsenal odyssey was at an end.
The 27 year old has joined Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis in a deal said to be worth around £2m (with a sell-on clause).
We all know Carl’s a Gooner, so it had to be have been a wrench for him to leave the club he supports, but he took time to send a message to fans via his Instagram account.
“This is a message that is hard to write so I’m going to keep it short. I’m leaving Arsenal in pursuit of a new challenge and a fresh start, and ultimately to play regular football again.
“I can’t really put into words what it has meant to me to play for this club, but what I can say is I have truly lived my dream. This brings me to you, the proper Arsenal fans, as I have lived your dream too.
“It has been an up and down journey for me but I hope you all have seen how much it has meant to me and know that I have given it my all. I have played 70 games for Arsenal which if you told me I would do as a kid I would’ve laughed at you.
“I take many great memories and friendships from my time at this special football club, and it is a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever. I see a great future for this club under the current manager and coaching staff, and I look forward to seeing this unfold.
“As for now, I’ll take my seat back in the stand, as a fan, with the rest of you.
“With love, Jenko.”
What a guy, let’s hope he can get things back on track at Forest, and maybe our paths will cross again on the pitch one day too.