Tomas Rosicky signs new Arsenal deal

 

Tomas Rosicky has signed a new contract with Arsenal, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Rosicky struggled to make an impact at the start of the season, but has put in a string of excellent performances of late, particularly in last week's 3-0 win over AC Milan - and he has been rewarded with a new contract.

The Czech's deal was set to expire this summer but he has now committed his future to the London club.

Rosicky, who has scored twice in his last three games, joined Arsenal in May 2006 from Borussia Dortmund and has featured 156 times for Arsene Wenger's side since, scoring 19 goals in the process.

The length of the deal for the 31-year-old Czech Republic captain has not been disclosed.

Rosicky told Arsenal's website: "It's a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt.

"It's felt like home since I arrived six years ago and I couldn't be happier to commit my future to the team.

"The manager, my team-mates, the staff and the supporters - everyone plays their part in making this a great club, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

"I believe we have a really talented group of players and, together with the manager, the future looks bright. It's always been my goal to win trophies here at Arsenal, and I will fight hard to achieve my dreams here."

Wenger, who has selected Rosicky for the last three games, added: "I've always been a big admirer of Tomas' abilities and am delighted he's chosen to commit his future to the club.

"I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top class.

"He plays the style of football we champion here and shares completely our philosophy. He is always ready to work for the sake of the club, always willing to put the team first. I have huge respect for him."

The midfielder was ruled out for 18 months with a rare tendon injury in 2008 and struggled for fitness upon his return, but he has been relatively injury free this season, allowing him to make 28 appearances for Wenger's team.

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