Tomas Rosicky looks set to take to the field for the final time as an Arsenal player this afternoon.
The veteran, who signed for the Gunners from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund back in 2006, has had a topsy-turvy time in north London - injuries have often taken their toll on him - but is recognised as a fine ambassador for the club.
His departure will certainly leave a void at the Emirates, but it's one that is now necessary for all involved.
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Unsurprisingly, then, ahead of the Gunners' Premier League clash against relegated Aston Villa, England international Jack Wilshere has paid tribute to his teammate.
Taking to Instagram, Wilshere has insisted that it has been a 'pleasure' to play alongside the 35-year-old.
Wilshere stated: "This guy has been with me since the start of my career, through thick and thin and always showed me the way when things have been tough.
"Going to miss him around the place and even more on the pitch. It's been a pleasure my friend and I wish you all the luck in the world. #TR7"
There's every chance, of course, that Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta will follow Rosicky out of door this summer.
With all three players approaching the final stages of their careers, it's not entirely surprising that the Gunners are set to enter a new era in the 2016/17 campaign.
It's safe to say that Arsenal fans will be hoping to see a marquee name arrive to replace the aforementioned trio.
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