Ex- Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky has admitted Arsene Wenger has inspired him - to don his famous coat.

The former playmaker made close to 250 appearances for the Gunners over a 10-year period.

The Czechian's time at the north London club was riddled with injury problems.

But when he got the chance to strut his stuff, he often impressed - with his early strike against Tottenham in 2014 a particular highlight.

One man that always kept the faith in the midfielder was Wenger, who stuck by him during his tough times on the physio table.

And Rosicky has paid his own manner of tribute, by emulating the Frenchman's famous coat.

Former Arsenal player Tomas Rosicky had his own special tribute to Arsene Wenger

Wenger was renowned for his epically-long coat that stretched down almost to his ankles.

The ex- Borussia Dortmund is a huge Sparta Prague fan - where he started his career and finished it as well, but remains welcome at the club.

After they thrashed Celtic in the Europa League, he paid homage to Wenger in a special way.

On Instagram, Rosicky said: "Arsene Wenger inspired me in many ways.

"Will be rocking his trademark coat. 3 points against Celtic yesterday. The coat will travel with me everywhere from now on."

One of Wenger's best redeeming qualities at Arsenal was the way he stuck by players with injury woes.

Santi Cazorla was another who had a tragic time with fitness problems but always praised the former Gunners boss for his support.

Rosicky was close with Wenger at Arsenal

And Rosicky had echoed that sentiment in 2018, stating Wenger was a big role model of his.

"It was the same with me when I struggled with my problems," Rosicky said.

"He was very supportive even though it was difficult for him.

"I'm glad I could have worked with him for such a long time. He's a big role model.

"He means a great deal [at Arsenal] and I don't think it's possible to avoid him here. Because you can see him.

"Someone like me who spent so much time with him, you can see him in here everywhere. Because you have seen him here so many times, it's not possible to come in here and not think about him."