The Italian experienced both Barclays Premier League and UEFA Championsâ€™ League football while with the Gunners and says his long stay with the North London club will stand him in good stead.
â€śI had a great experience at Arsenal â€“ it was a good learning curve for me,â€ť he explained to safc.com.
â€śI was really young when I joined them and straight away I was with the first team in pre-season back in 2005.
â€śThen I went through all the steps â€“ under-18s, reserves â€“ before reaching the first team.
â€śIt has been a great experience, even I was probably a bit restricted in terms of opportunities. I learned a lot.â€ť