Matteo Guendouzi has confirmed he is leaving Arsenal after being frozen out by manager Mikel Arteta for taunting Brighton players about their wages during a game last season.
The French midfielder who spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin, took to Instagram to announce the news with a lengthy statement.
In a now-deleted message that appeared on both Twitter and Instagram, he wrote: “Thank you Arsenal. Thanks for everything!
“I discovered and learned so much during my time here. It would be impossible to list everything without forgetting one memory or word… but I will never forget any minute spent with the Gunners jersey.
“I will never forget the Emirates Stadium. I will never forget the fans. I won’t forget the city.
“I will never forget everything I’ve been through here. I will never forget that my only will was to defend with pride Arsenal colours.
“Thanks to all of those who believed in me during my time here, during the good and the bad moments. I can only wish the best to the club and its fans who deserve so much, trust me! Goodbye Arsenal, I will never forget you and will be a Gooner forever.”
Guendouzi is expected to join Marseille on loan with a £10million obligation to buy after reportedly having a medical with the Ligue 1 club
He was signed by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery for £7m in 2018 and has featured 89 times in all competitions.