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Arsenal hero Tomas Rosicky scores 17 minutes into first Sparta Prague start in 17 years

The injury ravaged star marked his emotional second coming at his boyhood club with the opening goal

Good things come to those who wait.

But for Tomas Rosicky the wait has been a horribly disillusioning one.

Rosicky is a cult hero at Arsenal

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Rosicky is a cult hero at Arsenal

The Arsenal cult hero is one of those players who has never seemed to shake off his various injuries, ultimately spoiling a brilliant career.

Rosicky barely played for the Gunners in his last few seasons in England, much to the frustration of their fans given his undeniable talent.

But on Sunday that agony would have felt worthwhile after he marked his second Sparta Prague debut with the opening goal against Karvina.

Rosicky scores from 12 yards out

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Rosicky scores from 12 yards out

Rosicky wheels away in celebration

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Rosicky wheels away in celebration

A touching moment

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A touching moment

Rosicky returned to his boyhood club at the start of last season but his campaign was ended prematurely when he got injured just 19 minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Classic.

But the Czech hero, now 36, is now fully fit and raring to go again with Sparta 17 years after his first start for them.

And, fittingly, his goal – arriving on the edge of the box to slot home – was after 17 minutes too against Karvina.

Rosicky is one of the greatest Czech players of all time

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Rosicky is one of the greatest Czech players of all time

Rosicky is regarded as one of the greatest players the Czech Republic has ever produced, forging successful careers with Borussia Dortmund as well as Arsenal.

And every footballing romantic will be hoping he gets the send off he deserves back where it all began.

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