Rosicky on Wenger’s exit and his farewell match invite list


Tomas Rosicky says he’s interested to see what happens next at Arsenal as his former club comes to terms with life without Arsene Wenger.

The former Czech Republic international experienced at first hand the influence wielded by the Frenchman during a decade-long spell at Emirates and expects the club’s values to be respected by any successor.

Speaking of Wenger’s decision to step down, Rosicky said, “It’s definitely the end of a big era.

“I think there will be nothing like this in the future because Arséne Wenger was in the club for a very long time and he made a lot of hard work here.

“It will be a huge change for the club and I’m really interested how it will look in the future.

“I think they knew it has to come soon because there were some changes and they distributed competencies to different people.

“I do not want to speculate about names of future coaches but I’m sure the new Arsenal coach will have to respect the values of the club same as Arséne Wenger.”

As we reported last month, Rosicky, who called time on his playing career in December, is planning a farewell match which is set to involve lots of former teammates from his time at Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Sparta Prague and the Czech national team.

He’s now revealed more details about the game, including a few of the names on his invite list.

“I’m in touch with many my former teammates,” he told the Sparta Prague website.

“The first of them was Cesc Fabregas and he will be there. You can’t 100% sure if all invited players will come because there could always be some issue. He wasn’t on the national team for the last two years but there is still a possibility he will receive a call-up.

“I would like to have there players like Mathieu Flamini, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott or Mesut Özil but I don’t know which players will be national teams.

“From Czech players, I’m in touch with my former teammates from the national team, mainly from our EURO 2004 squad so there would hopefully be players like Jan Koller, Marek Jankulovski, Pavel Nedvěd, Karel Poborský, Petr Čech and others.

“You can’t organise the time of others so I fully respect and understand that guys have already filled their schedule with their families. I was in touch with Per Mertesacker for example but he has to be at a wedding in this time, you can’t predict things like this and it’s a normal situation.

“Another one player who I would like to see there is Santi Cazorla, for example. He has been injured for a long time but I hope he can come here even if he will not play.”

Rosicky is also pencilled in for two matches in Arsenal colours this summer. After the success of last year’s Legends game against AC Milan Glorie, the club has organised a double-header with Real Madrid to take place at the Bernabeu on 3 June (can Tomas handle two games in a week?) and at the Emirates on 8 September.

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Great player, Tomas, shame it wasn’t in an era of trophy wins or he would be a legend.

I can think of a few players that shouldn’t be invited. But lots of greats that should.

Arse City Blues

Personally, there are a few players that I consider legends, even if they never won a trophy. Tomas is one of them! Style of play and personality goes a long way for me, winning goals against that lot down the road, always playing positive football with a smile on his face and always totally respectful and full of love for The Arsenal. Legend 🙂

I still upvoted you btw!


I just think that when we look back thinking of Vieira, Henry, Bergkamp as legends will be easy, for the trophies and the magic moments. Ramsey too, scoring trophy winning goals for us.

However if there isn’t that buzz of trophies he won’t be remembered as well by most. But I take your point, a great player and scored some great goals.


In my humble opinion, Tomas is more deserving of “Legend” status than Ramsey, for instance. He’s been great in periods, and scored some crucial goals, but.. maybe it’s just because he’s still with us. I don’t know. Maybe I just have fond memories of days gone by with Tomas – always giving it 100% and always smiling. It’s not that I don’t rate Ramsey, but if you asked me to name some memorable, great midfielders, I’d mention Tomas before I got to Ramsey. Weird, now that I think of it. Maybe it is indeed just absinthe.. *cough* absence that makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps it feels like he’s from a time when thing weren’t as gloomy. (and I upvoted as well – just having a friendly argument 🙂


Of course. I agree on what happens with Ramsey, if he stays with us then once he leaves he may well be thought of as a legend (agreed it is too early yet).

But not if Ramsey leaves to go to Sp*rs, say, that would wreck that, like RVP to United imo.

Smiling and giving it 100% don’t get legend status though.


I would just like to point out that if you’ve ever considered a trip to Prague, this could be a great occassion! Tickets for this game should be available online. Prague is beautiful, beer is good & cheap, so are flights!


(btw i live in Prague, that’s why I’m posting such comment

David C

I was in Prague during Euro 2004. I was in Old Town Square watching the game where the lovely Czechs came from behind to beat Netherlands 3-2 in the round robin. It was such a great atmosphere! What an amazing city.


Honestly, you were extremely lucky to witness it as it´s widely understood as the best game of football we played in the modern history. That was our golden generation – Ballon d´Or winner Pavel Nedved, amazing prospect Tomas Rosicky, Milan Baros & Vladimir Smicer who then went on to win the Champions League with Liverpool, Pavel Poborsky (used to play for United) and of course Petr Cech, who joined Chelsea after the tournament. It was us or Portugal to win that Euro, but somehow Greeks ended up lifting the trophy.

Also, I´m aware that not many of you are probably interested in ice hockey in here, but still I would highly recommend watching a new documentary called The Nagano Tapes. It´s about how the Czech Republic won the 1998 Olympics in ice hockey despite both Canada and Russia brought their absolute A-teams.

It´s not at all just about the sport event really as it had a huge impact on our society as well – sports are pretty much the only thing our society can gather around as it´s otherwise very divided. There was a lot of symbolism as well – we won the final against Russia by a single goal scored by a lad named Svoboda, which means “freedom.” Kind of a huge thing considering your country just recently got out of the influence of the Soviet Union.

Anyway, it´s free to watch online on the Olympic´s Channel website and has a 9.5/10 rating on IMDb, so I believe it´s worth it.


No nonsense still, doesn’t say the sentimental things about Wenger… Dats why I like him


Will Arsene be managing the Arsenal Legends team?


Just posted that myself didn’t see your comment, would be a nice touch

Lord Bendnter

He should invite RVP as well, but give him the wrong date and time “by mistake”


I’ve seen way too many vile comments against players who have sustained injury for the cause.

Diaby recently tweeted his support for Wenger and someone actually had the temerity to accuse him of nicking a living off of us because of his spate of injuries.

Next they will be after Santi.

That Wenger has persisted with these gifted players through their injury woes shows the strength of character of the man.

That RVP (arch nemesis to some) who himself sustained and injury strewn past, came out to give the gaffer the thanks that he deserves, shows up the insidious nature of certain people.

He gave us a glorious season and a half never mind his departure was a mistake on his part (he should of course have stayed to achieve legendary status over a trophy most will soon forget) but one ultimately calculated (correctly) on the fact that Wenger would not be able to rectify the ills of the squad.


I liked RvP as a player and I totally understand why he left.

But given the geography, I hate United a million times more than I hate sp*rs. And I really hate that lot.

So to me it was a case of where he ended up. It erased anything he ever did for us in my books.

Having to live with gloating united fans and watching him win them the league, you guys can never imagine how painful that was.

So him and S*nchez can fuck off for all I care.


Who is this S*nchez you refer to?

Faisal Narrage

Yeah, I’m sure us arsenal fans couldn’t understand how painful it was for you…

Reality check

“Next they will be after Santi”
The times they are a-Changin.. finding creative new ways of hurting others, feeling good by making others feel bad, it’s all in fashion these days..

Cliff Bastin

The Czech Republic were scary at Euro 2004


I mean lots of people will like to compare trophy haul and in that respect Wenger pales in comparison to say Fergie.

But his tally of a MAJOR trophy every next season and guaranteed qualification for CL for 20 seasons running until recently is still impressive and remarkably consistent when put in context.

You can understand why the Board persisted with him.

MORE importantly Wenger is a builder.

Where Mourinho and the likes shoe in into a ready made system with money to spend and duck back out when they hit the wall, Wenger has built Arsenal Football Club up.

Conveniently many people do not (care to) remember that our finances back in the late nineties when he took over were not as much as even Chelsea pre-Abramovich days and they were a tiny club to say the least.

Wenger has built both the finances of the club and the brand of the club up since his arrival.

As David Dein himself has mentioned implicitly, it was off the backs of Wengers doubles and invincible’s season that we were even able to afford to put finances together for a new stadium.

I have mentioned this salient point many times over the last decade when many tried to facetiously undermine Wenger’s achievements.

We have built this club largely independent of sugar daddies which means a repayment of bank loans. No bank would have the confidence in loaning money without the sort of consistent return Wenger was making in his first 6 -8 seasons not to mention the qualification for CL.

This does not shy from the fact that he has underachieved in more recent decade but even a cursory look at the last four seasons garners interesting facts. Wenger has won more trophies than what the media wish to portray as the more progressive and young manager in Ponchenttino and Spurs.

Unfortunately much of the malaise painted at Arsenal has been amplified by the media which has found it all too easy to stoke the simplistic minds of certain segments of fans (many of whom you’d find giving fine voice on Arsenal FanTV…what do they say about empty vessels again?)

What Wenger has done in buildingt eh club in both brand and finance is beyond his trophy haul and a final assessment must be made on a more nuanced view of what being successful as a football club actually is.

Yes we have flattered to deceive in more recent era frustratingly unable to bridge the gap back to the title or higher goals in europe but this should not detract from the other accomplishments Wenger has brought to the club (FA cups aside)

He has also built and ethos around this club which is equally if not more important. It is an ethos built on self help and the ability to develop and raise the game of the individual.

Sure the experiments for many young players have not gone entirely as planned but if we examine Wenger’s track record BOTH in terms of academy development into the first team but also in polishing players into world class quality, his record is examplary.

In terms of the bargains he has been able to sought from market alone he has developed and improved Henry, Viera, Pires, Sagna, Koscielny, Monreal, Giroud, Llugberg, RVP all of whom were bought for pitance in today’s market and even back then were considered steals.

Ashley Cole, Fabregas more recently Jack,Iwobi, Coquelin have come through academy.

The likes of Santi, Arteta, Kolo, RVP, Henry were all re-roled successfully to different purpose.

Even expensive ‘panic buys’ (if you consider a club allergic to spending a quid above valuation would spend 42.3m in a panic…the logic of some) like Ozil who flattered to deceive at Real Madrid, or Alexis who was stifled at Barca, have improved under Wenger’s guidance.

If anything its a double edge sword.

This strength of Wenger is also his greatest downfall. It is the idealist in him over the pragmatic. His obsession with improving the human condition, his constant doting and reliance on players before they prove return on promise is both the essence needed to invest faith in his charges eventually coming good (Walcott, Ramsey for a season, RVP before) and the Achille’s heel of his philosophical approach.

Quite often since the stadium move, we have been slightly over frugal. Coming out of the wilderness years, he did not bring in quite sufficient steel from market to cover for the short falls created both by developmental issues within the squad and his own refrain from intervention in tactics.

His preference was to rely on an open architecture approach allowing the players the most freedom of expression but without sufficient solid foundation in terms of capabilities largely because we carried too many unready product.

BUT in terms, building a club, Wenger has few peers in recent quarter century.

One should recocgnise this and give proper accolade where its due. Not to do so would otherwise make one sound like an uncouth ingrate. Sadly there are too many vile characters who would all too willingly choose to turn a blind eye to his achievements and mimic the derision the press is all too willing to sow to sell papers. Alas.


From 2004 until 2013 (building Emirates stadium) all the big clubs spent huge amounts of money to strenghten their squads. Arsenal made 20m profit during this era selling big stars.

Billy Bob

Santori I totally agree with you regarding this well thought through post ? I watch Fergit v Wenger on C5 last night and it just highlighted what a class manager and team we have in comparison to that lot up north!!! Fergit was effing and jeffing, his players admitted to dirty tackles, divers and intimidating the ref!!! Chuckle brother even had the cheek to say we were behind them in bullying the ref – we how about we don’t stoop that low because we are a cut above ? anyway I loved hearing that Fergit and his cloggers disliked the feeling that Wenger and arsenal looked down at them, but truth is we built (not bought) teams and played with style (not thuggery) and as keown highlighted, Wenger proved that the nice guys DO win!!! Let us not forget that we, Arsenal FC, are the good guys and manure/spuds/chavs are a million miles away!!! I do care if two of the three dross I mentioned have won more because their victories are hollow and only serve to make plastic fans feel better about their own inadequacies!!!


Well said


Best comment I’ve read here post Wenger’s announcement. I’m sure most fans here are aware of this and remember Wenger’s achievements in the holistic way that it deserves to be remembered.
There will always be that small number of narrow minded f**kheads who can’t see beyond their limited world view. Those you find on that horrendous fan TV. I hope they soon realize that they are wasting their time here, and go support Mourihno or something.

Reality check

“But his tally of a MAJOR trophy every next season and guaranteed qualification for CL for 20 seasons running until recently is still impressive and remarkably consistent when put in context”

How’s not winning anything for 9 seasons equal to just losing out every next season.. that’s not putting things in context mate, that’s skewing it..


Why the U-turn santori..?
You’ve been spouting Wenger-out b/s for the last few years on here.

Robins boost

I would like to see a mini league of:
Seaman/ dixon adams bould winterburn/ parlour grimandi/overmars kanu/ bergkamp wright


Lehmann/ lauren campbell keown sagna (yes, no cashley)/ petit vieira/ pires rosicky/ henry ljunberg


schezny/ lauren kolo per eboue/ edu diaby/ wiltord suker/ and the 3 best strikers of our generation: lord bendtner + fox in the box jeffers.

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Team 3 would get roasted, also Lauren would be knackered playing for two sides.

Crash Fistfight

Who does Lauren play for when teams 2 and 3 face-off?


Just a thought, would be nice is big Weng takes charge of the Milan games. Get the band back together

Ivan Gazideez-Nuts

Could the 2 gods of football, bergkamp and zidane, grace the same football pitch once again?

It probably won’t happen but you tell that to my shameful anticipation semi-erection


Whenever I see Rosicky talk about Arsenal, I feel sad. It’s such a shame that injuries ruined his and Diaby’s careers. If we’d had them fit for the end of the 07/08, I believe we’d have had the momentum to stay at the top of the league until the end of the campaign. Rosicky will always be a hero who could have been a legend if he had more time on the pitch.

A Different George

I posted some time ago, when there was a link to a Rosicky goal reel, that there were a couple with Diaby making a brilliant pass to send Tomas free, the kind of football we think of when we think of Arsenal, and it made me so sad to think of what might have been.


People forget just how promising Diaby was too. He was a really classy midfielder and scored a few stunners to boot.

Billy Bob

Ah rosicky what an amazing player, just wish he didn’t have so many injuries to rob us of his silky skills!!!

Teryima Adi

Little Mozart we call him.


Im available Tomas if you need to make up numbers.


I absolutely loved the Czech squad from 2004. Shame it didn’t quite work out in the semifinal against effing Greece, who of course went on to win the tournament.

Crash Fistfight

On the bright side, at least they made Ronaldo sad in the final.