On this day in 2006, Arsene Wenger pulled of the biggest coup of that transfer window by prizing one of Europe’s burgeoning talents away from Borussia Dortmund – Tomas Rosicky.
Signed to replace the legendary Robert Pires, while also assuming the important No.7 shirt, Rosicky’s future seemed destined to be a great one.
The man known as ‘Little Mozart’ was swept from a financially struggling Dortmund (via BBC News) and after his displays for the Czech Republic in Euro 2004 as well as the World Cup in 2006, fans were salivating at the prospect of Rosicky lining up alongside the likes of Theirry Henry and Cesc Fabregas.
Injuries have no doubt hampered his career, but after Arsene Wenger confirmed that we had indeed decided to extend his contract for another year, at the age of 34, Rosicky is still prominent in our plans (via Sky Sports).
Here are his top five moments since joining Arsenal.
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5. Tomas Rosicky vs Hamburg
Rosicky came with a reputation as a long-range specialist, and in a team intent on walking the ball into the net, fans were praying that the Czech star would come in and produce a few thunderbolts.
The gifted playmaker produced a sensational strike to whet the appetite in his first Champions League outing against Hamburg.