Arsenal Midfielder Announce Retirement From Football

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Former Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Tomas Rosicky has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

The 105-cap Czech Republic international also represented Sparta Prague for a combined four years either side of spells with the Gunners and Dortmund.

Rosicky’s playing time in North London was often restricted by niggling injury issues, failing to make more than 28 league appearances in a single season, and that proved to be the case on his return to Sparta in 2016.

“After careful consideration, I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires,” he said in a statement.

“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.”

Rosicky made 248 appearances for the Gunners, winning two FA Cups during his spell at the club.

 

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