Former Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky is returning to Sparta Prague after 15 years since he left the Czech Republic capital.
Rosicky spent previous ten years at Arsenal but was released when his contract expired at the end of last season. The “Little Mozart” experienced a quite turbulent career with the Gunners as his playing time was severely limited due to numerous injuries. He missed more than 150 games over the course of ten years, and his career could be far better if it weren’t hampered by setbacks. However, Rosicky managed to appear in 246 games for Arsenal and to score 28 goals in the process.
He started his career in Sparta Prague in 1998 and recorded 41 matches and eight goals for the Czech giants before switched to Borussia Dortmund in 2001. Rosicky spent five years at Westfalen and played in 189 games, scoring 24 goals along the way. In 2006, the Czech Republic captain moved to North London to join Arsenal where he became one of the club’s most influential players.
However, Rosicky’s troubles began in 2008 season when he was forced to miss the entire 2008/09 campaign due to hamstring tendon injury. He was never the same player as before and his numbers drastically dropped during the next few years at Arsenal. Rosicky suffered a serious Achilles tendon injury at the Euro 2012 which forced him to miss almost half of the season, but he managed to record 27 appearances in the Premier League the following year. He only played 19 minutes for Arsenal last season.
During his 18 years of professional career, Rosicky won the Czech First League twice; in 1998/99 and 1999/00, Bundesliga in 2001/02, and two FA Cups in 2013/14 and 2014/15. He recorded 150 caps for the Czech Republic national team since his debut in 2000 and scored 23 goals. Rosicky was the Czech Footballer of the Year on three occasions: in 2001, 2002, and 2006. He will end his career where he made the first football steps – at Sparta Prague.