Rosicky pens Arsenal extension

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been rewarded for his recent good form with a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The 31-year-old has played an influential role in the club's resurgence this season, which sees them just four points behind third place Tottenham Hotspur with 11 league games remaining.

Rosicky has scored twice in his last three appearances for the Gunners, against Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan, with the Czech Republic international thrilled to have extended his deal.

“It's a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the Club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt," he told

"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."

Manager Arsene Wenger 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.”

Since joining Arsenal in 2006, Rosicky has made 156 appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals.

After an impressive start to his tenure in north London, injury restricted the ex-Borussia Dortmund midfielder's progress for 18 months from January 2008 to September 2009.

In the continued absence of Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby this season though, Rosicky's performances have assisted in Arsenal breaking back into the Premier League's top four and cutting the gap to rivals Spurs.

He produced one of most memorable displays in an Arsenal shirt against Milan last week, as Wenger's side came close to staging a remarkable second leg comeback in the Champions League.

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