Arsene Wenger has paid homage to Tomas Rosicky on the day the Czech veteran celebrates his tenth anniversary at Arsenal.
The 35-year-old bid farewell to the Emirates after the 4-0 win against Aston Villa on the final day of the season and is expected to continue his playing career elsewhere when his Gunners contract ends in July.
Reflecting on a decade spent sharing a dressing room, the boss lamented the injuries that deprived him more contact with a player he so respects.
“It will always be a frustration [he didn’t play more games] because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“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.
“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.
“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 Football Club.”
Tomas’ experience will certainly be missed at the Emirates. He ends his time at Arsenal with 28 goals in 246 appearances and now has a decision to make about where he spends the final years of his playing career.
Time to enjoy his best bits…grab a tissue.