Former Arsenal midfielder, Tomas Rosicky has announced his official retirement from professional football at 37.
The Czech Republic international indicated that injuries had forced the decision, adding that his body could no longer meet the requirements of professional football.
Rosicky who began and ended his career at Czech Republic outfit, AC Sparta Prague expressed his gratitude to the club for "raising” him and for affording him the opportunity to say goodbye at the place he loves the most.
"I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what professional football requires. My body was telling me for a long time that it does not want any more. I would probably have nothing to offer my team-mates and Sparta".
"I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career, and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most".
Rosicky who joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006 spent 10 years in England, making 247 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side and winning two FA Cups.
Marred by several long-term injuries, the 'little Mozart' as he was nicknamed announced he was returning to Sparta Prague from Arsenal in 2016 where he eventually ended his career after a year with the club.
Rosicky won 105 caps for the Czech Republic, scoring 23 goals and appearing in five major tournaments for the European country.