Tomas Rosicky says he’s interested to see what happens next at Arsenal as his former club comes to terms with life without Arsene Wenger.
The former Czech Republic international experienced at first hand the influence wielded by the Frenchman during a decade-long spell at Emirates and expects the club’s values to be respected by any successor.
Speaking of Wenger’s decision to step down, Rosicky said, “It’s definitely the end of a big era.
“I think there will be nothing like this in the future because Arséne Wenger was in the club for a very long time and he made a lot of hard work here.
“It will be a huge change for the club and I’m really interested how it will look in the future.
“I think they knew it has to come soon because there were some changes and they distributed competencies to different people.
“I do not want to speculate about names of future coaches but I’m sure the new Arsenal coach will have to respect the values of the club same as Arséne Wenger.”
As we reported last month, Rosicky, who called time on his playing career in December, is planning a farewell match which is set to involve lots of former teammates from his time at Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Sparta Prague and the Czech national team.
He’s now revealed more details about the game, including a few of the names on his invite list.
“I’m in touch with many my former teammates,” he told the Sparta Prague website.
“The first of them was Cesc Fabregas and he will be there. You can’t 100% sure if all invited players will come because there could always be some issue. He wasn’t on the national team for the last two years but there is still a possibility he will receive a call-up.
“I would like to have there players like Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott or Mesut Özil but I don’t know which players will be national teams.
“From Czech players, I’m in touch with my former teammates from the national team, mainly from our EURO 2004 squad so there would hopefully be players like Jan Koller, Marek Jankulovski, Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský, Petr Čech and others.
“You can’t organise the time of others so I fully respect and understand that guys have already filled their schedule with their families. I was in touch with Per Mertesacker for example but he has to be at a wedding in this time, you can’t predict things like this and it’s a normal situation.
“Another one player who I would like to see there is Santi Cazorla, for example. He has been injured for a long time but I hope he can come here even if he will not play.”
Rosicky is also pencilled in for two matches in Arsenal colours this summer. After the success of last year’s Legends game against AC Milan Glorie, the club has organised a double-header with Real Madrid to take place at the Bernabeu on 3 June (can Tomas handle two games in a week?) and at the Emirates on 8 September.