Former Spanish player Mike Arteta has finally made the tough decision to hang his boots.

After having had a total appearance in 259 matches playing for the Gunners and Everton, the 34-year old footballer has decided to retire from his professional football career.

Upon announcing his retirement, it seems apparent that Arterta is not quitting the sport for good; rather he seems to be transitioning from player to coach. Arterta who has just confirmed his decision to leave the club as a player to join Manchester city at the Etihad stadium has composed an open letter to his fans that he definitely will be leaving behind in his now former team.

Arterta will be joining club manager Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff and coaching crew at the Ethihad. Despite the numerous games in which Arterta featured in during his career, the Spaniard had witnessed a seemingly dull end to his career.

Arterta had appeared in only 26 matches throughout the final two years of his time at arsenal, this was largely due to an injury he had sustained which made him fall gradually down Arsene Wenger’s list of favorites. During his time in London, Arterter won two FA cups and had scored a total of 17 goals in the 150 games he played.

In the letter, Arterta said to his fans that he regards the time he spent at arsenal as an honor and a privilege, and says that he looks forward to working under his new boss; Pep Guardiola.

He wrote;

“I’ve enjoyed an amazing five years at arsenal and it’s been an honor and a privilege to captain such a great club. I would like to personally thank the manager, board, all of my teammates and of course the fans for the fantastic support I’ve received during my time here.”