Arsene Wenger has admitted Tomas Rosicky was the “perfect player for Arsenal” despite several injuries that blighted his career.
Rosicky moved to Arsenal for an estimated £8million from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, but a string of injuries have limited him to 246 appearances in 10 years.
“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.”