French Midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has announced his departure from Arsenal today. The player is set to move to Marseille on a loan deal. with a £12 million option to buy next season.
The midfielder released a heartfelt letter on a now-deleted instagram post.
“Thank you Arsenal. Thanks for everything!” Guendouzi wrote.
“I discovered and learned so much during my time here. It would be impossible to list everything without forgetting one memory or word… but I will never forget any minute spent with the Gunners jersey.”
“I will never forget the Emirates Stadium.” he said. “I will never forget the fans and I won’t forget the city.”
“I will never forget everything I’ve been through here, I will never forget that my only will was to defend with pride Arsenal colours.”
“Thanks to all of those who believed in me during my time here, during the good and the bad moments. I can only wish the best to the club and its fans who deserve so much, trust me! Goodbye Arsenal, I will never forget you and will be a Gooner forever.”
Guendouzi had a tough time at the Emirates Stadium in recent years, starting brightly under Mikel Arteta but struggling to nail down a starting place. He played 33 games in his first season, but competition for places meant he spent the last season on loan at Hertha Berlin.
I will never forget everything I’ve been through at Arsenal – Guendouzi
Matteo Guendouzi was signed by Arsenal in 2018 for Lorient, amid competition from French Champions PSG. He showed early promise but his hot headedness became apparent when paired with Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal will be looking to raise funds this season, with big money moves rumoured to be occurring in London.
They have been linked with Ben White, the Brighton defender. Arsenal lodged a £50 million bid for White, who is currently on duty with the England national team.