United States international striker Folarin Balogun has taken to Instagram to say his goodbyes after leaving Arsenal for AS Monaco earlier this week.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan in Ligue 1 with Reims and has returned to the French top-flight league on a permanent deal.
A couple of clubs were keen on Balogun in the Premier League and Serie A, but it was Monaco that met the demands of Arsenal.
“With a heavy heart, I say my goodbyes to my boyhood club,” he posted.
“I was 8-years old when I first came to Hale End and every academy player walks through the gates and dreams of making their debut for the first team. I was lucky enough to fulfil that dream.
“There were so many people in club who supported me and played a major role in my development on and off the pitch. My teammates, the coaches, the staff- thank you to all of you and I am grateful for the times we shared.
“It is time for a new challenge and one that I am excited for.
“Thank you Arsenal Football Club. It was an honour to wear the badge.”
The Hale End academy graduate revealed that Thierry Henry played a huge role in his decision to join the principality club.
Monaco parted with £34 million to secure the services of the young striker from Arsenal on a five-year deal, and he will be keen to prove himself again after scoring 21 goals last term.