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Rosicky reveals emotion at Sparta Prague return

14 August 2007 21:44

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky said Wednesday's Champions League clash away to his formative club Sparta Prague will be an emotional homecoming.

The Czech Republic midfielder is set to play against what he still calls his club for the first time ever in the crucial third qualifying round first leg match in his home city.

The 26-year-old played for Sparta from a young age until he signed for Germany's Borussia Dortmund in 2001.

"It will be the first time I have played against them," he told Arsenal TV Online.

"I grew up there. This is my club. I was there from seven or eight until my 20s and Sparta Prague prepared me for all the steps throughout my career.

"My brother played for Sparta Prague and my father played for Sparta Prague so it is a bit emotional.

"It will be strange for me because I have feelings for the club."

Five Gunners players left behind for the Prague trip were those not fit enough to feature in Arsenal's opening English Premier League match, a 2-1 home win over Fulham.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is therefore expected to name an unchanged side.

Striker Eduardo da Silva has not recovered from an ankle injury, nor have midfielders Abou Diaby and Denilson.

Veteran midfielder Gilberto will not be included after being given an extended break following Brazil's Copa America triumph.

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, still a few days short of match fitness, has also been left behind.

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