Arsenal favourite Tomas Rosicky finally called it a day for his playing career on Wednesday at the age of 37.
The Czech playmaker’s career was littered with injury, but that didn’t stop him from realising his potential.
Starting his career at Sparta Prague, his arrival to Borussia Dortmund in 2000 saw him emerge as bright young talent before his eventual move to Arsenal six years later.
He only played over 20 games for Arsenal in five of his ten seasons in London, while thetwo seasons where he didn’t register a single appearance.
Injuries played a big part in those appearance stats, but when he was fit and well it became apparent why he was considered Premier League quality and as such, he was very much appreciated at the club.
Current Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil paid tribute to Rosicky in this tweet:
When speaking about his retirement, Rosicky announced that his body was the main reason for his decision, and after only making three league appearances over the last two campaigns, you can understand why.
“After careful consideration I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what professional football requires,” he told Sparta Prague's official website.
“I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most.”