Thursday 23 May 2013

On this day: Arsenal complete Tomas Rosicky signing

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a Czech Republic winger joining the Gunners

  • Tomas Rosicky joined up with his new Arsenal team-mates on the summer tour of Austria

  • He made his Barclays Premier League debut in the loss to Manchester City

  • Rosicky scored both goals in last month's victory over West Brom

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 23 May 2006 - Arsenal sign Tomas Rosicky

Arsenal made their first signing of the summer of 2006 with the capture of Tomas Rosicky from Borussia Dortmund.

The Gunners, who had just been defeated by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final, signed the Czech Republic winger on a long-term deal.

"I'm really happy to be here at Arsenal, it is a great day for me," he said. "This is the best club in Europe and I will give everything.

"The team showed their strength recently in the Champions League and have big potential with a lot of young players. I think we can be even better next season."

"He has great technique, skill on the ball and sharp passing"
Arsene Wenger on Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky had been in Germany for five years following his then Bundesliga record £18m transfer from Sparta Prague in 2001 and was dubbed 'the little Mozart' for the way he orchestrated the midfield.

He joined up with his Arsenal team-mates after playing in the 2006 FIIFA World Cup in Germany.

"We are delighted to welcome Tomas to our squad," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "He has great technique, skill on the ball and sharp passing. Tomas has good experience at all levels for club and country."

With the departure of Robert Pires that summer, Rosicky soon became as a key member of the squad until the start of January 2008 when he suffered a series of problems with his hamstring and knee tendons.

The injuries kept him out of the game for 18 months but he made a goalscoring return in the 4-2 defeat by Manchester City in September 2009. He soon found his form and his place in the team although a hamstring injury forced him to miss the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

However, Rosicky returned to play an important role in the season run-in, including both goals in the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, as Arsenal secured fourth place in the League table.

He has made a total of 128 League appearances during his time with the Gunners, scoring 15 goals.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember winger Tomas Rosicky joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund