It may have been two years since Tomas Rosicky departed Arsenal but his respect for long-serving manager Arsene Wenger still very firmly exists and he admits it feels “weird” that the legendary Frenchman’s 22-year long reign is over.

Wenger’s emotional exit back in May still pulls on the heartstrings of supporters, not just those of the Gunners, which prompted the start of the era under former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss, Unai Emery.

Speaking after participating in the Legends match at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Rosicky told Standard Sport how it was strange not seeing Wenger on the touchline anymore but called for patience with Emery.

Is it weird to come here without Arsene Wenger? It is a little bit, I have to say. He spent an unbelievable amount of time here and now has started something new for the whole club, a new era after Arsene Wenger.

People have to be patient. The club is having to adjust. That’s normal when you start after something remarkable like what Arsene did.

The Czech Republic international played 247 matches across 10 seasons in North London before taking the formative steps to become a coach at former club Sparta Prague and he’s previously admitted to taking valuable advice from Wenger.

Emery’s Arsenal continue their Premier League campaign away at Newcastle United at the weekend.