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Suker : Thank You Arsenal!

FORMER Arsenal striker Davor Suker has thanked Arsene Wenger for the opportunity he was given to play in the English Premiership.

The Croatian international has also expressed his gratitude to the Gunners fans for the way they took him to their hearts in the year he spent at Highbury.

"I had a good relationship with Arsene Wenger and made a number of friends who I will always remember," Suker said.

"I really enjoy living London and I didn't want to leave the Premier League.

"I would like to thank the Arsenal fans for the great reception they always gave me," he added.

Suker's first-team opportunities at Arsenal were limited with the massive impact that Thierry Henry made in his first season.

But the World Cup Golden Boot winner of 1998 still netted 11 goals for the Gunners and is not angry at having to move to London rivals West Ham for regular action.

"We had some quality strikers at Arsenal and if you ask any big name player, they all want to play in the first team. There was great competition for places."

Suker's final words to the Arsenal fans before making his first appearance in a West Ham shirt was to repeat his apologies for his penalty miss in the UEFA Cup Final against Copenhagen in what proved to be his final match for the Gunners.

"The penalty miss against Galatasaray was my fault and I am still very angry about it. I want to apologise to the Arsenal fans for that mistake.

"The miss still plays on my mind because it was my last game for Arsenal and we had the chance to win the UEFA Cup."

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