Arsenal have allowed João Virgínia to leave the club and join Premier League rivals Everton.
The stopper has joined Everton on a three year deal – that has surprised many people.
João Virgínia himself seems thrilled with the move, and noted that he is thankful to all the people at Arsenal who helped him get to this point – but that he was ready for the move and is keen to get going at Everton.
The 18-year-old is certainly one for the future, and the Echo report he said: “I hope to learn a lot from the goalkeepers here, Jordan Pickford, who had a great season and World Cup and Maarten Stekelenburg, who is very experienced, too.
“This is a great opportunity for me.”
It was with great honor that I represented such a great club. There were many joys and victories that I had with you in this important phase of my life as a football player and as a man. I am grateful to all the club’s staff, coaches and team mates
Thank You @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/MI9jDbpAeR
— João Virgínia (@1JoaoVirginia) August 4, 2018
Dear Evertonians ” ” fits me like a Glove. It’s what I am as a person, as a player and it’s what I’m going to give to the club.
Thank you for welcoming me so well! #everton #signing #fans #efc pic.twitter.com/VuYkB3nEjg
— João Virgínia (@1JoaoVirginia) August 5, 2018
Arsenal are certainly having a clear out this summer, with long serving players Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck told to find new clubs – and it may even be the case that Aaron Ramsey also leaves.
That would certainly put the Gunners in the position where a rival side could come in and land him – but Emery doesn’t seem to be overly concerned with that at the minute.
The Gunners know getting back into the top four is the biggest and of course most vital priority, and if that doesn’t happen, then progress hasn’t been made, and they will have fallen even further behind their key rivals.