"To be fair, i don't even know where to start or even how to say it," said Bacary Sagna at the start of his official leaving letter.
The long-reigning Arsenal right-back had proven to be a defensive rock, a reliable Gunner ever-capable of returning a sturdy 7/10 score and a player accomplished at the highest echelons of world football.
"But i just wanna thank the whole of Arsenal football club who have been like a family to me," he added. "Arsenal is a club who taught me so much in seven years, a club where I had the chance to progress day by day, a club who always gave me the trust whenever I was personally not at my best, a club who changed the kid I was to the man I am today and a club where I had the pleasure to give 200 per cent every game."
Sagna is at the tail-end of his contractual obligations with the Emirates Stadium side. While the nature of a Bosman deal can often infuriate fans, it actually is demonstrative of player loyalty in the modern age. Very few athletes in football honour the full length of their deals, while others may attempt to force a transfer.
Sagna has been a loyal servant and, while it is increasingly likely that he will leave Arsenal for free in order to join a Premier League title rival Manchester City, it perhaps does not embitter him to the fans who chanted his name for so long as Bacary's exit note occurs on the same day former Gun Cesc Fabregas was unveiled as a Chelsea star.
The player continued: "I want to thank the whole staff working at the club, the fans for accepting me so fast - making it smooth for myself and my family - and my team mates who I consider my true friends today.
"I had a great pleasure learning with them.
"Of course I want to thank the coach Mr Wenger… who believed in me, gave me his trust and clearly changed my life. Now, it's time for me to move on and one more time - thank you!"