Alexis Sanchez has sent a message of thanks to Arsenal fans and staff, and compared his decision to leave the club to that of Thierry Henry.
The club’s record signing left the Gunners for Barcelona in 2007, while Sanchez will now play for Manchester United after the swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan went through on Monday evening.
The Chilean used his Instagram account to say his goodbyes, and you can read his message in full, as posted, below.
Gracias por todo Gunners ! I want to say thanks to the Technical Staff, to the medical team and all teammates with whom I shared many nice things for the club and especially those people who do not see themselves on the covers, but without them nothing would be possible, which are there to prepare food for us and take care of us day by day, those who keep our shoes clean and the grass in the best conditions. Many thanks to you for helping us to improve every day. Thank you very much 😢.
There are people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage. I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister to be in the team, because I wanted to be a contribution.
I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn.
Thanks for everything Gunners! All we achieved and the good moments that I gave to the club, I want to dedicate it to the fans, they are the most important. Thanks for every time you sing Alexis Sanchez Baby.
Sanchez leaves with 80 Arsenal goals to his name, including a rip-roaring strike in the 2015 FA Cup final.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has welcomed his new signing to the club, saying that he’s swapped one world class talent for another. Let’s hope Mkhitaryan can rediscover some of the form he displayed at Dortmund where has absolutely devastating at times.