A clearly emotional Tomas Rosicky has described his latest injury as heartbreaking, as the Czech international’s career in North London looks to be heading for an ignominious end.
After picking up a thigh problem in his 20 minute cameo against Burnley last weekend, Arsene Wenger was reluctant to confirm the 35 year old had played his last game for the club, but such is the seriousness of the injury that it would be a surprise if he made a recovery before the end of the season when his contract expires.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Rosicky said he was warmed by the reception he got from the fans when we went to warm up. Having not played since last season, he was keen to repay the support until the end of the season, but the thigh strain put paid to that.
“Since the moment I started to warm up on the sidelines it was exceptional,” he said. “Honestly, I had tears in my eyes after such a long time being out.
“I started to warm up and the reception was unbelievable and I will never forget it. Obviously … the feeling I cannot give the fans anything back at the moment is frustrating.
“I was out for a long time so obviously the relationship with the fans after 10 years was always great and they always knew I played my heart out and they always appreciated me and I appreciated them.
“As I said it is heartbreaking I can’t give them anything back after the reception they prepared for me, but in life things will be thrown at you and you have to deal with it.”
There was no sense that he himself was throwing in the towel, and he sounds determined to make another appearance.
“You are defined by how you deal with these things and I will deal with it again and I will be back again. It’s been a hard few days for me to accept. Sometimes you always say that you can always do better or that you can always improve more and more, but I don’t know what more I could have done.
“I’ve always come back from everything and I will come back again, I will not give up. I will have the strength to make it, I will find it and I will be back again.”
All we can do is wish him good luck, and hope that we do see him in red and white again.