Many legends come and go in English football, and many have come and gone at the Emirates over the last few years. However, one player in particular who we feel like hasn’t received the respect he deserves in Tomas Rosicky. You may not have been the biggest fan of his style and you may have preferred other midfielders over him throughout his Arsenal tenure, but nobody can deny that he was a committed member of the squad for the better part of a decade.
Rosicky will always be seen as a friendly face now that he’s hung up his boots, but that still doesn’t mean he gets enough appreciation for what he’s done over the years. The Czech superstar’s career kicked off with Sparta Prague where he remained for three years, before moving on to a successful tenure with Borussia Dortmund. From there it seemed like a big money move elsewhere in Europe was imminent, and in 2006, the move was finally confirmed as he joined an Arsenal side who were still highly respected in the world of European football.
The 37-year-old made a remarkable 247 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s many sides over the years, and he was known for being able to dictate the pace of any given game. While that quality dwindled in the later years of his career, which coincided with a series of injuries, Rosicky was someone who you could always rely on to put a shift in when called upon.
Rosicky always came across as a guy who wanted to help the team above helping himself, and that kind of quality is much rarer than anyone actually realises. He was able to transition through a number of different reconstructions within the Arsenal camp for a decade, and he was the ever-present between 2006 and 2016 alongside Wenger. Towards the end, it seemed as if he was just killing time before returning to Prague for one final season, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some fun moments along the way.
He was never a world beater but he was never someone who was seen as expendable either, and in the same vein as Wenger, the good times should be remembered above the bad now that he’s hung up his boots. Dwelling on mistakes or errors isn’t going to help anyone, and the decline of Arsenal Football Club in the last five years had precisely nothing to do with Rosicky, and that’s a fact.
What’s your favourite Tomas Rosicky moment?