Nigel Winterburn joins Hammers

Nigel Winterburn Arsenal Football Club confirm that terms have been agreed for the departure of Nigel Winterburn to West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.

After making 584 appearances and captaining the side, Manager Arsène Wenger paid tribute to Nigel's loyalty to the Club: "Nigel is the consummate professional and to lose a player who has dedicated 13 years of outstanding service to this Club is a great loss.

"In an age where many players are all too eager to move from one Club to another, Nigel has not only shown a remarkable amount of commitment to Arsenal but has also proven that he is an excellent footballer.

"Nigel is a special character and I have to say that I and undoubtedly the supporters, did not want him to leave Arsenal but of course, we respect his desire for regular first team football and wish him every success with West Ham."

22 June 2000

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