Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has made it clear that he has no plans to hang up his boots when his contract at the Emirates expires in June.
The 35-year-old was informed that he contract with the club would not be extended and despite failing to play a senior game since recovering from injury, the Czech Republic star was given a guard of honour after the last match of the season.
Rosicky was full of emotions as his ten-year spell with the club came to an end, but he has made it clear he is only thinking about representing his country at the Euro 2016 finals, and pondering retirement.
“I played a couple of games for the Arsenal under-21s so I feel quite all right,” the Czech Republic midfielder was quoted as saying by The Times. “At the moment I’m not thinking about retiring, I want to focus on the Euros and go from there.”
“It was an amazing (reception from the fans) – if you spend 10 years somewhere it is really difficult as you are so attached to the club. It is unbelievable,” Rosicky told Arsenal’s official website. “It is very difficult to say goodbye after 10 years when you know everyone at the club.”
Tomas Rosicky was quite unfortunate to have his Arsenal career marred by numerous injuries, but having performed really well every time he was called upon, it is hardly surprising that he is held in high regard by both teammates and fans alike.
The veteran footballer has failed to make a single appearance for the senior side this season, but having gained some match fitness playing for the Under-21’s, he has a good chance of making the Euro 2016 squad.
During the ten years with Arsenal, Rosicky amassed 170 Premier League appearances, scoring 19 goals in the process.