Arsene Wenger says Tomas Rosicky was perfect player for Arsenal despite injuries

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Arsenal manager has hailed the Czech midfielder as he leaves the Emirates Stadium after a decade.

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky during the lap of honour at the end of the match

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told the club's official website that he believes Tomas Rosicky has been the perfect player for the club during his time in England despite his persistent injury problems.

Rosicky will be released by the Gunners at the end of his contract next month after playing just six minutes of competitive football this season, with that cameo coming as his return from injury in January was cut short by a recurrence.

The Czech international will depart the Emirates Stadium with 246 first-team appearances for the club to his name since his move from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, but he has never managed to play more than 28 games in a Premier League season.

His injury problems have been a consistent source of frustration for player, manager, and supporters alike, and his Arsenal career may ultimately be shunted into the 'What If?' category.

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky and Blackburn's Willem Tomlinson in action

However, despite the midfielder's issues, Wenger believes the talented star has been the perfect player for the club during his decade in North London.

The French boss told the club's website: "It will always be a frustration [he didn't play more games] because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent. 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.

"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 Football Club."

Though Rosicky has always been undoubtedly a top-class player in midfield, his advancing age and injury woes have meant that Arsenal have long since had to learn to play without him in their side, and his release this summer will have come as no surprise to anyone, not even the player himself.

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