After a career spanning over 19 years - ten of which at Arsenal - Tomas Rosicky has announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect.
Rosicky, playing back at his boyhood club Sparta Prague since leaving Arsenal in the spring of 2016, said the reason for stepping away from the game is that it’s mostly his body that’s telling him it’s time to leave:
“After careful consideration I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what professional football requires,” he told the club’s official website. “I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most.”
Plenty will be covered about Rosicky’s career, the highs and lows, the moments that stood out that made the man who he was. What is particularly striking to me is that he was someone everyone at the club admired, loved, and respected. His time at Arsenal will be remembered as much for his injuries as the knack he had for scoring goals against Tottenham, but with every setback he faced he never seemed to cower or admit defeat and it was evident with the outpouring of love the players and fans showed him on the final home match of the 2016 season.
Enjoy retirement, Little Mozart.