Omari Hutchinson sends message to Arsenal fans after shock Chelsea move

Omari Hutchinson has sent a message of thanks to Arsenal and the club’s supporters after deciding to leave north London and move to Chelsea.

The transfer came as something of a surprise, with the 18-year-old forward having been tipped for a big future at the Emirates – particularly after an excellent campaign last season for the youth team.

His performances saw him called up to Mikel Arteta’s Premier League squad during the run-in, though he never made an appearance for the first team.

Despite deciding to leave Arsenal, Hutchinson is incredibly grateful for his time at the club and penned a heartfelt message to supporters after the move to Chelsea was confirmed.

Writing on social media, he said: ‘Dear fans, it’s time to say goodbye.

‘My experience with Arsenal has been a fantastic and memorable one.

‘I will always remember my time here and the beautiful journey it has taken me on.

‘This will be one to remember and never to forget.

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‘Arsenal made me feel most welcomed and respected, so huge thank you to all the staff and coaches and my team-mates – it’s been a real pleasure.

‘Lastly, a colossal thank you to all the Arsenal fans who have supported and shown me love.

‘Words cannot describe how I value, respect and love you all!’

Chelsea announced their deal for Hutchinson on Saturday, with head of youth recruitment Jim Fraser saying: ‘We are delighted that Omari has agreed to sign for Chelsea.

‘He is a brilliant addition who joins us as an exciting emerging talent hoping to make a quick impression in the senior game.’

Although the 18-year-old represented England at youth level, he made his senior international debut for Jamaica in a friendly against Catalonia in May of this year.

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