Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently paid tribute to departing midfielder Tomas Rosicky, calling the Czech playmaker ‘perfect for Arsenal’ after ten years’ service with the Gunners. Rosicky has struggled with injuries during his decade at the club which has cut his game time significantly, and Wenger admitted regret that he couldn’t get more games from the veteran.
“He had all the football qualities to play the game we love to play here, and I would say Tomas Rosicky was the perfect player for Arsenal. It will always be a frustration he didn’t play more games because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent. I personally, like we all do here, love the player. The standing ovation he gets every time he walks out there tells you a lot,” said the Arsenal boss.
Signed from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in 2006, Rosicky lit up the Premier League and Champions League with his all-round displays in midfield. He was incredibly versatile, possessed expert vision, accurate passing as well as combative attributes and industry. He became a fan favourite and was on the end of plaudits from his manager on a consistent basis.
“We love the man as well, and his attitude, and his exceptional class and qualities. It’s sad that he’s leaving, but I must say, for me it was a privilege to manage him. He makes it look very easy when he’s playing. He has a quality – when the ball comes to him the game suddenly becomes a bit quicker, more incisive, more mobile.”
Injuries are the black mark on Tomas Rosicky’s career at Arsenal, as he averaged only 17 Premier League appearances per season. The 35-year-old became a bit-part player in his later years as a result, but he still popped up with important goals and impressive displays.
Even with the constant injury problems, Rosicky kept himself very fit, and showcased the swashbuckling performances that supporters fell in love with. Having spent 10 years at Arsenal, making over 200 appearances, he was given a standing ovation in the last game of the season.