Tomas Rosicky says leaving some of the club’s rising stars behind is one of the most difficult aspects of his Arsenal departure.
The Czech Republic international was given a guard of honour on Sunday amid emotional scenes at Emirates Stadium as he bid farewell to the club.
Having spent a decade in north London, Rosicky admits it is tough to leave but he remains proud of what he achieved.
“It was an amazing [reception from the fans] - if you spend 10 years somewhere it is really difficult as you are so attached to the club. It is unbelievable,” he said.
“It is very difficult to say goodbye after 10 years when you know everyone at the club.
“All the young English guys when I came here grew up alongside me, I have seen them since they were 16 years old basically - Jack, Theo, the Ox, Aaron and Kieran Gibbs, so many.
“I have seen them grow from little lads to the big players they are now and this makes me proud that I had an influence on their growth and education. That is why it is really difficult to leave.”
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