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Ex-Arsenal man Tomas Rosicky: Arsene Wenger helped me through injury hell

Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has echoed Santi Cazorla's praise for the way Arsene Wenger stood by him during his many injury layoffs.

Cazorla has credited Wenger with helping him get through nearly two years of surgeries and rehab work on his damaged heel, and told The Guardian last week that he was "eternally grateful" for the way the former Arsenal boss gave him a contract extension even though he couldn't play.

Rosicky, whose 10-year Arsenal career was also hampered by numerous injuries,...

Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky announces retirement

Tomas Rosicky has retired from professional football, Sparta Prague have announced, with Borussa Dortmund telling ESPN FC he remains an "all-time favourite" at the club.

Rosicky, 37, left Arsenal in 2016 after 10 years in the Premier League to return to the club where he began his career.

"After careful consideration I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires," Rosicky said in a statement released by Sparta.

"I would like to thank Sparta...

Sparta Prague's Tomas Rosicky out for season after Achilles surgery

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Tomas Rosicky will miss the rest of the season after having surgery.

PRAGUE -- Former Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky had an operation on an Achilles tendon on Monday and won't play for the rest of the season.

After 10 years at Arsenal, the 36-year-old Rosicky signed a two-year contract with Sparta Prague in August, but played for his home club for only 19 minutes as a substitute in a Czech league game on Sept. 10.

It was still more than the injury-prone midfielder played for Arsenal all of last season.

Sparta said the surgery went without any complications,...

Tomas Rosicky's proper return to Sparta Prague postponed until 2017

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Tomas Rosicky has only played 18 minutes for Sparta Prague this season.

Tomas Rosicky is still injured and unlikely to play for Sparta Prague until the spring of 2017.

Rosicky's highly anticipated return to the Czech league after more than 15 years away received a further blow after Sparta coach David Holoubek said the playmaker "is still injured" and "unlikely to play a game in the autumn."

Holoubek gave no details about Rosicky's condition.

After the 36-year-old Rosicky signed a two-year contract with Sparta in August, he came on for only 18 minutes as a substitute...

Tomas Rosicky gets warm welcome in return to Sparta Prague

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Tomas Rosicky has returned to Sparta Prague after 10 years with Arsenal.

PRAGUE -- Thousands welcomed Tomas Rosicky in his highly anticipated return to Sparta Prague and the Czech league after more than 15 years away on Saturday, giving the playmaker a standing ovation and chanting his name.

The 35-year-old Rosicky came on as substitute in the 72nd minute for his first Czech league game since Dec. 1, 2000, when Sparta beat archrival Slavia Prague 2-1.

"It was a wonderful experience for me," Rosicky said. "I'm really thankful to the fans."

He made his presence felt with...

Tomas Rosicky returns to Sparta Prague on free transfer

Tomas Rosicky spent 10 years at Arsenal before leaving this summer.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has rejoined former club Sparta Prague on a free transfer.

Sparta announced the move on Tuesday, with Rosicky signing a two-year contract with the club.

Rosicky, whose career with Arsenal was marred by frequent injuries, finished his 10 years with the Premier League club when his contract expired in the summer, having first arrived from Borussia Dortmund in 2006.