Carl Jenkinson believes Arsenal have a “great future” under Unai Emery.
The 27-year-old right-back ended an eight-year stay in north London on Wednesday to join Championship side, Nottingham Forest.
But unlike ex-club captain Laurent Koscielny, Jenkinson departed the Emirates on good terms as he goes in search of first-team football and believes Gunners fans have plenty to look forward to under the guidance of Emery.
Jenkinson wrote an emotional farewell note to Arsenal fans upon sealing his move to Forest, outlining his decision to leave before stating where the thinks the club are heading with Emery as manager.
“This is a message that is hard to write so I’m going to keep it short,” Jenkinson posted on his Instagram account.
“I’m leaving Arsenal in pursuit of a new challenge and a fresh start, and ultimately to play regular football again.
“I can’t really put into words what it has meant to me to play for this club, but what I can say is I have truly lived my dream.
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“This brings me to you, the proper Arsenal fans, as I have lived your dream too. It has been an up and down journey for me but I hope you all have seen how much it has meant to me and know that I have given it my all.
“I have played 70 games for Arsenal which if you told me I would do as a kid I would’ve laughed at you. I take many great memories and friendships from my time at this special football club, and it is a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever.
“I see a great future for this club under the current manager and coaching staff, and I look forward to seeing this unfold. As for now, I’ll take my seat back in the stand, as a fan, with the rest of you.”
Emery had a mixed first season at the Emirates, guiding Arsenal to the Europa League final but falling to a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea while also failing to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
But the club have once again smashed their transfer record, shelling out £72m to bring Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille, while Dani Ceballos has arrived on loan from Real Madrid and youngster Gabriel Martinelli signed from Ituano.
Arsenal are also being linked with signing a centre-back on the final day of the summer transfer window, with Chelsea’s David Luiz the surprise front-runner.
Arsenal under Emery: Five key things to know…
- Emery left PSG last summer and joined Arsenal.
- He has won 37 (60.7%) of his 61 competitive games so far.
- The Spaniard guided Arsenal to the Europa League final but lost 4-1 to Chelsea.
- The Gunners once again finished outside the Premier League’s top four last term.
- But Emery has sealed the club-record arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.