Tomas Rosicky Retires: Jack Wilshere Lavishes Praise On Former Arsenal Star

By The Editor
on 22nd December 2017

Jack Wilshere hails Tomas Rosicky has one of the best he’s played with…


 

Former Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky announced his retirement from football this week after a string of serious injuries at the age of 37.

Rosicky left the club when his contract expired in 2016, and the Czech star went on to re-sign with his boyhood club Sparta Prague, though he only made 12 appearances for them.

Arriving in north London in 2006, Rosicky was there throughout Wilshere’s rise to the first team and the 25-year-old had some touching words for his former teammate.

Not only were they two technicians who shared a wavelength on the pitch, their unfortunate injury spells caused them to spend a lot of time together in the gym.

Wilshere says he cherished those moments, and also named Rosicky as one of the best players he’s shared a pitch with.

“This is me being deadly serious, he is one of the best I’ve played with in terms of what I wanted to be as a player,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player.

“He picked the ball up and he drove at the opposition, not many players do that from midfield.

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“He was a great lad too, he helped me massively. I only found out 10 minutes ago that he retired, that’s a bit of a shock, but he gave so much for Arsenal.

“I know he struggled a lot with injury problems and we were in the gym quite a lot together so we’ve got a good relationship, but he’s finally had enough and he says his body can’t cope with it.”

The curious case of Rosicky will go down as one of football’s saddest stories given that he just couldn’t keep himself fit enough to showcase the sensational ability we all know he has.

He was an everpresent on the pitch until he suffered that major knee injury in 2008, which kept him out for almost 18 months. A lot of muscular niggles then trickled into his game and it’s led the demise of a promising career.

All the best, Tomas!

 

source: Arsenal Player


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