VIDEO: Szczesny struggles to hold back tears as he bids Arsenal farewell

The Poland goalkeeper spent more than a decade on the books of the Premier League club, and was visibly upset at leaving for Juventus

Wojciech Szczesny may be starting a new phase in his career, but it is clear that leaving Arsenal was not an easy decision. 

The Poland international spent a total of 11 years on the Gunners' books, although he has played on loan for Roma for the last two. 

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But he finally broke his ties with the Emirates Stadium this summer as he signed a four-year deal with Juventus. 

North London still holds a special place in his heart, however, and memories of his first team made the 27-year-old very uncomfortable on Wednesday. 

"It is a difficult question, because I spent 11 years at..." was all Szczesny managed to say when asked how it felt to leave Arsenal definitively after such a long time at the club. 

The goalkeeper could not continue his answer as he choked up, and his presentation press conference continued with another question. 

Juventus paid out €12 million for the shot-stopper, who will deputise for veteran Gianluigi Buffon in the coming Serie A season. 

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But even if he is a Bianconeri player now, a soft spot will remain for Arsene Wenger's charges.

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