Jack Wilshere has paid tribute to Tomas Rosicky, who is leaving the club this summer after 10 years in North London.
The pair have been teammates, and compadres on the treatment table over the years, and the midfielder hailed the influence of the Czech international on his Instagram.
He said: “This guy has been with me since the start of my career, through thick and thin and always showed me the way when things have been tough.
“Going to miss him around the place and even more on the pitch. It’s been a pleasure my friend and I wish you all the luck in the world. #TR7.”
Rosicky’s agent has confirmed that the player has offers to deliberate over this summer, and Arsenal fans will be hoping to see him pull on the shirt one final time this Sunday against Aston Villa.
Wilshere himself might be in the starting XI, with Arsene Wenger saying his fitness and the run out he got against Man City makes him ready to play.
“He can start,” he said. “He played in a very intense game. I believe he can start, I haven’t decided yet but there is no problem as to why he couldn’t start. I consider him a player who is ready to play.”