Francis Cagigao sends farewell message to Arsenal and predicts bright future for Mikel Arteta

Cagigao scouted the likes of Fabregas and Martinelli
Cagigao scouted the likes of Fabregas and Martinelli (Picture: Cesc Fabregas Instagram)

Francis Cagigao has sent a classy parting message to Arsenal as the scout officially leaves the north London club after 24 years of service.

The long-serving Head of International Scouting helped bring in the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli.

However, he was let go last month as part of a major restructuring process of the club’s scouting network.

Addressing his exit, Cagigao paid tribute to a long list of Arsenal’s major figures he worked with over the years and predicted a bright future for the Gunners with Mikel Arteta at the helm.

‘Today is my last day after 24 years + at The Arsenal,’ Cagigao wrote in a post on his LinkedIn page.

‘The Club I started at as a youth player also, back in the late 80s. Everything in life has a start and an end. This is no different. Now I will look to the future but never forget the values instilled in me.

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Cagigao is predicting big things from Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)

‘People like Arsene [Wenger], Pat Rice, David Dein, Steve Rowley, Don Howe, Stewart Houston, Ken Friar, Terry Murphy, Terry Burton, David Miles, many top top scouts both international and UK, at senior and academy level all these years (thank you guys you are the best) and loyal hardworking colleagues over the years plus a lot of staff in the background.

‘I thank you all for your courtesy, warmth and professionalism all these years. I truly respect you all.

‘Also to the fans, the Club’s heartbeat, a lot of those who have sent out messages to me these past few weeks, I wish you all the best.

‘The Club has a very good head coach and are not far from building a winning team, a lot of good groundwork has been laid.

‘Wherever the future takes me from tomorrow onwards I will never forget my time at the Club and feel privileged to have played my part Stay safe. My best regards to you all.

‘“Salud suerte a todos” – Fran.’

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