Aaron Ramsey made a tearful farewell to Arsenal after 11 years at the
club on Sunday and said he was looking forward to the next phase of his
career at Juventus.
The Welshman, whose season ended prematurely
after he sustained a hamstring injury last month, is set to join the
Italian champions in the close season after signing a four-year deal in
Ramsey, who is the club’s highest scoring central
midfielder with 64 goals, was given a guard of honour by his team mates
and presented with a memento after Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Brighton and
Hove Albion at the Emirates Stadium.
“Obviously it’s very
emotional, it’s been a hell of a journey,” the 28-year-old told Sky
Sports. “Eleven years of my life, so much has happened in that, when I
look back. You can tell by my voice how much it means to me.
“I’m really excited for the new challenge and new chapter in my life (at Juventus) but today it’s all about this.
is where I grew up. I just want to take this in today and let it settle
in for a few more days before I can really look forward and concentrate
“I’m going to club that’s playing in the Champions
League, and playing with (Cristiano) Ronaldo. And that’s going to really
sink in now, so I can get my head around that in the next few weeks and
really look forward to that challenge.”
Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who
is retiring at the end of the season and was also honoured by Arsenal,
said Ramsey’s departure was a big loss for the London club.
think when he came from Cardiff nobody really knew how great a player
the club brought in and I think he gave everything he could all those 11
years,” Cech said.
Arsenal also confirmed the departure of
striker Danny Welbeck. The Englishman, signed from Manchester United in
2014, has not played since he had an ankle surgery in November and his
contract expires at the end of the season.
“I spoke with the club about this situation,” manager Unai Emery said. “The decision is he is going to leave.