The Gunners manager, who believes the Czech Republic international was an ideal fit for his side’s style of play, regrets the 35-year-old did not play more
Arsene Wenger believes Tomas Rosicky was the “perfect player for Arsenal” despite a stop-start decade in north London.
Rosicky joined the Gunners for an estimated £8million from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, but a string of injuries limited him to only 246 appearances in 10 years.
The Czech Republic international played just 19 minutes of first-team football this season and will become a free agent when his contract expires in June.
Nevertheless, Rosicky is in his country’s Euro 2016 squad and Wenger has come out in support of the veteran playmaker.
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“He had all the football qualities to play the game we love to play here, and I would say Tomas Rosicky was the perfect player for Arsenal,” Wenger told the club’s official website.
“It will always be a frustration he didn’t play more games because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent. I personally, like we all do here, love the player. The standing ovation he gets every time he walks out there tells you a lot.
“We love the man as well, and his attitude, and his exceptional class and qualities. It’s sad that he’s leaving, but I must say, for me it was a privilege to manage him.
“He makes it look very easy when he’s playing. He has a quality – when the ball comes to him the game suddenly becomes a bit quicker, more incisive, more mobile.”