Former Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao says he has no hard feelings over his dismissal after he was one of 55 staff made redundant by the club last month.
Cagigao was The Gunners' head of international scouting for several years having previously held various positions in over two decades at the club.
The 50-year-old is credited as the key driver in bringing a 16-year-old Cesc Fabregas to the club from Barcelona.
He also played a role in Arsenal signing the likes of Lauren, Emiliano Martinez, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli, among others.
And while the decision to axe Cagigao came as somewhat of a surprise, the experienced scout says he is only looking forward to the future.
Asked about the reasons behind his dismissal, Cagigao said: "That is not really a question I can answer. I think that's a question for someone else.
"You can't afford to be bitter in life and you have to have a thick skin and get over things quickly.
"I'm very proud of the time I spent and I'm proud of my personal achievements and I also very privileged to have worked for Arsenal FC.
"A club where I was able to learn, where I met and worked with some incredible people over the years."
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Cagigao was speaking exclusively to European Football expert Guillem Balague for his YouTube channel and revealed Lauren was the first player he recommended to Arsenal.
The right-back went on to form a key part of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side of 2004 despite him previously being a midfielder until Cagigao's suggestion.
Some of his other notable successes were the aforementioned Fabregas, who went on to captain Arsenal, as did Santi Cazorla on occasion, while Lauren's ex-teammate Jose Antonio Reyes also came through the club's global scouting network.
Cagigao hailed the work of Arsene Wenger, who he worked with for the majority of his time with Arsenal, but also admitted there were times he could have jumped ship.
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"Over 24 years of course I have been approached by a lot of clubs. For one reason or another I didn't feel it was right at that time to move to any of those clubs and I stayed at Arsenal."
Reflecting on his time with the club he added: "Arsenal is an institution and I feel privileged to have spent basically half my life where I also started my career.
"But everything has a start and an end, and you have to look forward and now I look forward to challenges because I feel I am now in a perfect moment in my life with experience and with a lot to offer."
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