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Make no mistake. Tomas Rosicky wants to retire a Gunner.
But that desire rests in the hands of the most frugal operators in the Premier League.
Rosicky was riddled with injuries in 2012, but has since returned to regular playing time in 2013. The 33-year-old has made 10 Premier League appearances this season and 17 across all competitions. Entering the final year of his contract, he is in search of one final deal with Arsenal.
According to English outlet The Independent, Rosicky is enamored with the North London club.
But he's ready to embark on a new challenge if need be:
I would like to carry on [at Arsenal] but there are a few question marks. I would say within a few weeks we will know more...If the day comes and I leave Arsenal, then I will be surely considering a move to play on a different continent...I would be tempted to play in the USA. Football has been on the rise there and I'm interested in trying a different style of life.
Rosicky added a caveat to his comments, however. A "different style of life" doesn't rule out "a return Sparta Prague" The Czech Republic club served as the launching point for his professional career in 1998. Borussia Dortmund would whisk him away in 2001 before landing in Arsenal in 2006.
Is MLS his next logical step?
Surely, this isn't the first time a 30-plus-year-old European player has been linked with a potential move stateside. Frank Lampard rumors ran rampant before he ultimately inked his extension with Chelsea. German striker Miroslav Klose has been linked with the Los Angeles Galaxy in recent months.
But those two never verbally acknowledged a true desire to play in MLS...Rosicky has.
That could be the one difference that ultimately transforms this rumor to reality.
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