Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out for the rest of the season, putting an early end to his Arsenal career than earlier anticipated following a hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old was substituted after just 34 minutes when the Gunners met Napoli in Italy in the Europa League quarter-final second leg that Unai Emery’s side won by 1-0.
Ramsey, who has already signed a pre-contract with Italian Serie A champions Juventus is set to leave the Emirates Stadium when his contract runs out on June 30th.
“For me, it was a good experience to work with every player and with him especially, because he can transmit his energy and he showed me his heart is red with Arsenal,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery noted as he paid tribute to the soon departing midfielder.
“I said to him one month ago that I wanted to do something important in his last matches with us at the moment – maybe he can come back in the future,” he added during his pre-match presser ahead of their semifinal clash with Spanish side Valencia in the Europa League in London on Thursday.
The Welshman joined Arsenal in 2008 from Cardiff City for £4.8m and has served the club for 11 years, making 369 appearances, scoring 64 goals and winning 3 FA Cups (2014, 2015 & 2017), two of which he scored the title-deciding goals in the 2014 and 2017 FA Cup finals.
Ramsey has penned an emotional goodbye message to the Arsenal fans, some of who will be sad to see him leave the North London side at the end of the season.
Ramsey wrote on Instagram: ‘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.’