Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he’s joining Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City.

Rather than allow the media speculation to continue, the midfielder chose to use his official Twitter account to break the news to Gooners, who are bound to be heartbroken (we know we are).

The Spaniard thanked Arsenal for everything they’ve done and made it clear that he didn’t take his five years with us for granted at all.

In a world full of shady deals and press releases, it’s really touching that Mikel wanted to address the fans himself. It shows his class and why he was Arsenal through-and-through.

We wish Mikel all the best in his new role; we’re sure he’ll make a brilliant coach and hopefully our paths cross again one day.

All the best, mate.

Read his full statement below.