Emotional: Tomas Rosicky sends a final message to the Arsenal fans after his retirement

Rosicky also spent six years with Borussia Dortmund.


Former Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky announced his retirement on Wednesday after his stint with AC Sparta Prague and the 37 year old talked to Arsenal for a final message to the fans.


He has played ten years at Arsenal, although injury shortened his stature and numbers as an Arsenal player, the Little Mozart still played 246 games for the Gunners, scored 28 goals and won two FA Cups.

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Rozza won two FA Cups at Arsenal

Here is the transcript of what he said-

10 years at Arsenal: 246 appearances, 28 goals, two FA Cups:

“Yeah, absolutely. For one last time, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Arsenal Football Club. For me, it’s a fantastic club and it was always an honour for me to play for Arsenal. I always had a special bond with the fans. Every time I played, they knew that I was playing for the shirt. I always played for the shirt because it was an honour for me to represent such a great club like Arsenal. One thing is for sure, I’m a Gunner forever.”

Record against Tottenham:

“I always understood the meaning of the derby because we have a big derby here in the Czech Republic with Sparta and Slavia. Later on I played for Dortmund against Schalke, which is similar to Arsenal v Tottenham. From a very young age, I understood the meaning of the derby and that helped me as well when it came to the fans, because I was able to score some lovely goals against Tottenham.”

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Rosicky celebrating his goal against Spurs in 2012, Arsenal won 5-2
Favourite goal against Spurs:
“I have to say I very much enjoyed all of them. They were all special goals, not only because it was in a derby and meant so much to the fans, but as well because those goals were simply great goals.”

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Feeling after Retirement:

“It’s a very difficult decision to make, because if you do something for such a long time and you love it, it’s very difficult to leave it behind you. It was very difficult but I also feel it’s the right decision. My body has been telling me for a long time that it doesn’t want to do it anymore, but the mind was always there to win, to keep playing and to keep pushing forward.”