Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Tomas Rosicky: Former Arsenal midfielder announces his retirement

Tomas Rosicky: Former Arsenal midfielder announces his retirement

The former Czech Republic global returned to Sparta Prague, where he started his career, in 2016 following 10 years in the Premier League with Arsenal.

The Czech Republic legend Tomas Rosicky made a decision to hang up his boots on a career which began back in 1998.

"After careful consideration, I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires", Rosicky said, explaining his mid-season announcement.

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Ozil shared a photo of his former player and included the following caption, "Congrats to a player with a big heart on a great playing career!" What is particularly striking to me is that he was someone everyone at the club admired, loved, and respected.

"Every time I played, they knew that I was playing for the shirt".

Rosicky won a Bundesliga title with Dortmund and two FA Cups with Arsenal, for whom he appeared in 246 games and scored 28 goals.

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"I'm repeating myself but I've enjoyed every minute playing for Arsenal because it's an incredible club".

While his time with the Gunners was often spent battling with injury, the Czech worldwide still managed to make 247 appearances for the club, and scored 28 goals.

Rosicky also spent time at Borussia Dortmund during his career. "One thing is for sure, I'm a Gunner forever".

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"For the fans as well, the connection between the players and the fans that day was absolutely wonderful".

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