Aaron Ramsey’s Arsenal career has been prematurely brought to an end after more than eight years of service at the club.
The Wales international confirmed that he has played his last game for the club on Instagram on Wednesday, with an injury sustained against Napoli in the second leg of a Europa League quarter final clash leaving him sidelined for the remainder of the season.
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It saddens me to say that the game against Napoli was my last game in an Arsenal shirt. Unfortunately it left me with an injury that rules me out of the remaining games. I am really disappointed not to play until the end and give everything for the club while I am still an Arsenal player. Unfortunately it’s out of my hands but I wanted to say thank you to the fans for your support. It has been a journey, on and off the field, and so much has happened in 11 years. I was a spotty young kid coming in and I’m leaving a man, married, father of three boys and full of pride and good memories that I will treasure. It will be emotional this weekend – my last game at home. I Look forward to seeing you there and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for everything #arsenal #lastgame
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His emotional response to the news is more than understandable given the length of his spell in north London.
In the modern game it’s rare for a player to show a level of loyalty akin to that which the all-action midfielder has shown towards the Gunners, and former Arsenal man and current Juventus number one Wojciech Szczesny believes his spell commands legendary status at the club.
Szczesny and Ramsey are set for a reunion in Turin next season and it’s clear that the Poland international is excited for what lies ahead.
The Gunners faithful will perennially debate whether Ramsey deserves to be labelled a legend or not but, in the midst of an era which has seen plenty of Arsenal players leave the club for a fellow Premier League rival, it’s fair to say that he deserves gushing credit at the very least for the manner in which he has conducted himself this season and beyond.
Legend or not, the 28-year-old will be sorely missed.