Robbie Burton ended his association with Arsenal yesterday as he signed for Dinamo Zagreb. The deal was confirmed via the Gunners on their official website.
The 20-year-old was training with the first-team under Unai Emery and Freddie Ljungberg. He was included in Emery’s 18-man squad as Arsenal thrashed Nottingham Forest 5-0 in the Carabao Cup.
Burton is a Wales under-21 international and following his departure, some fans were pretty disappointed that he hadn’t been given an opportunity to shine.
The central midfielder took to Twitter following his departure to thank the club’s supporters and everyone who has helped him during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
Interestingly Freddie Ljungberg responded to his tweet. Burton was regularly involved with first-team training during the Swede’s interim spell in charge, prior to Mikel Arteta joining.
The ex-Arsenal star believes Burton will do great at his new club and suggested he was a pleasure to work with at the Gunners.
Was great working with you. Good luck for your new chapter, you will do great
— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) February 19, 2020
Arsenal are set for an unexpected transfer windfall on Burton. Football London claims that the Gunners could recoup up to £800,000 for the midfielder.
The central midfielder was the under-23 captain this season and the move to Croatia does look like a good one for him.
Ljungberg managed Burton during his time in charge of the development squad. Few people at the Emirates know Burton quite like the former fan favourite.
The curious thing from Burton’s point of view will surely be whether he might have played for the first-team had Ljungberg been given the job permanently.