Tomas Rosicky signs new Arsenal contract

Attacking midfielder Tomas Rosicky has signed a new contract with Arsenal after a purple patch of form which has seen him score twice in three games.

BBC Sport understands the Czech Republic captain has agreed a two-year deal.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: "I've always been a big admirer of Tomas' abilities and am delighted he's chosen to commit his future to the club."

Rosicky, 31, said: "It's felt like home since I arrived six years ago."

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Tomas Rosicky

I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top class

Arsene Wenger

He told Arsenal.com:  "It's a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt.

"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."

Signed in 2006 from Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Rosicky has made 156 appearances for the London club and netted 19 times, including recent goals against Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan in 28 appearances so far this season.

Gunners' boss Wenger added: "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."

Rosicky, who started his career at Sparta Prague, took over the number seven shirt from Robert Pires but his career at Arsenal has been hampered by injuries.

So far he has 85 caps and 20 goals for his country, and has been captain of the national side since 2006.