Arsenal legend Tomas Rosicky scores on first Sparta Prague start for 16 years (Video)

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky today netted the opener for Sparta Prague, 16 years after departing the club as a youngster.

Class act

Rosicky spent 10 years coming up through the youth ranks at Sparta, before eventually breaking into the club’s first-team in 1998.

He remained with his boyhood side for 3 seasons, before being snapped up by Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

It was here that Rosicky made his name, with BVB’s fans even coining the nickname ‘Little Mozart’ for the Czech star due to his ability to conduct proceedings from his attacking midfield berth.

Gunners stint

Unfortunately for Rosicky, who was actually a top-class footballer on his day, his career is now generally remembered for an injury-plagued spell with Arsenal in the Premier League.

The 105-time capped international managed just 170 appearances in the English top-flight during a decade under Arsene Wenger in North London, and eventually returned to former club Sparta as a free agent last summer.

Return

However, in typically-unfortunate Rosicky fashion, having built up his fitness to make his second debut for the club in March of this year, he sustained a season-ending injury after just 20 minutes of action.

But today marked a happier return for the now 36-year-old, as he started and netted his side’s opener in a league matchup with Karvina.

Check out the strike below:

 

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