Arteta sends emotional message to Arsenal fans ahead of departure

The Arsenal captain is set to depart the club at the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta has sent an emotional message to Arsenal fans via the club’s official website ahead of his departure.

The Arsenal captain is set to leave the club this summer as his contract comes to an end and will not be renewed.

He has made 149 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Everton in 2011, proving to be a relative success for the side.

He certainly enjoyed success in his time at the club as they lifted two FA Cups in 2013 and 2014.

It has been tinged with regret though, as Arsenal have failed to challenge for the Premier League title and have continually been knocked out of the Champions League.

And while Arteta says it was a privilege to turn out at the Emirates Stadium, he admits the FA Cup successes were not good enough.

“It’s been a huge honour, a privilege, and I can only promise that I’ve done my best,” he told

“Winning two FA Cups in a row was special but for me, it’s not enough for a club like this. It shouldn’t be the ambition.”

It will now be interesting to see where Arteta ends up with his playing career likely coming to an end.

He has been limited to just a handful of appearances in recent years as several injuries have seen him on the treatment table.

Indeed, a move into coaching has already been mooted, with incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly keen on luring him to the Eithad (according to the Manchester Evening News).

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