Aaron Ramsey said a very emotional(情绪激动)goodbye to Arsenal fans on Sunday after the final home match of his successful 11-year spell at the club.
Ramsey, alongside the departing Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck, was given a guard of honour at the Emirates following the 1-1 Premier Leaguestalemate with Brighton, which has all but ended their top-four hopes.
Welbeck and Cech were given a very warm reception(热烈欢迎)by the Arsenal faithful but it was Ramsey's introduction that sparked an emotional outpouring from both player and fans alike.
Ramsey, who joined the club as a 17-year-old prodigy(神童)from Cardiff, was left in tears as the Arsenal faithful celebrated his brilliant career ahead of his free transfer to Juventus thissummer.
And after he received a standing ovation, Ramsey struggled to control his emotions as he reflected on his long journey in north London, which saw him overcome(克服) an horrific leg-break before scoring two FA Cup-winning goals.
Ramsey told Sky Sports: 'It's very emotional. It's been a hell of a journey and 11 years of my life. So much has happened and you can tell by my voice how much it means to me. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to play for this great club.
'I've spent 11 years here, came here at 17 years old, aboy, I'm really leaving a man. I've got a family, my wife, my kids, so much hashappened.
'I'm really excited about the new challenge, for the new chapter, but today it's all about this. This is where I grew up, I just want to take this in today and let it settle for a few days before I can look forward and focus on(专注于)(Juventus).'
Ramsey wrote himself into Arsenal's history books when he ended the club's nine-year trophy drought(冠军荒)against Hull inthe 2014 FA Cup final.
And the Welshman said that remains his proudest moment inan Arsenal shirt.
When asked about his favourite memory, Ramsey replied:'The FA Cup win against Hull, because we had a few years without winning a trophy and I was having a really good season.
'I came as a 17 year old, and they (fans) have come onthis journey with me. It's quite unique you spend this amount of time at aclub. Many highs, a few lows as well, but they've stuck by me.'
Cech, meanwhile, wasn't just saying goodbye to Arsenal on Sunday but to the Premier League too.
The Arsenal goalkeeper has spent 15 brilliant years at the highest level in England, winning four Premier League titles and one Champions League with Chelsea.
Cech said: 'It's a very special moment and I have to sayit's a very strange feeling for me. I hoped we were going to win the game and finish the season at home with a win. We've put ourselves in a bad position inqualifying for the Champions League through the Premier league.
'I think the fact that I've been playing for 15 years inthis league which for me is the best league in the world and to have this consistent performance, that's what I'm most proud of.'
The departure of Ramsey, Cech and Welbeck will come as a big blow to Arsenal as they go in search of leaders this summer to help them return to the Premier League top four.
1. emotional 情绪激动
When our team won the title, I was really emotional.
2. overcome 克服
I overcame all the difficulties to help team win the game.
3. prodigy 神童
He was so talented and they all called him the prodigy.
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