Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky has been ruled out of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger requested him be excused through injury.
In this week's round-up of birthdays across the footballing globe, FIFA.com look back at one of Africa's finest stars George Weah, a Barcelona and Real Madrid league-winner in Alberto Celades and Czech star Tomas Rosicky.
Czech Republic went in at the break losing to Armenia, but after equalising and laying seige to their opponents‘ goal thereafter, an injury-time Gevorg Ghazaryanthey goal snatched the visitors a 2-1 win.
Daniel Sturridge's fourth-minute strike saw Liverpool edge Manchester United 1-0 at Anfield, while Arsenal edged their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur by the same scoreline on an Olivier Giroud goal.
Arsene Wenger confirmed Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be sidelined "for a while" but his side will be bolstered by the return several team-mates ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash with Fenerbahce.
Arsenal, led by Olivier Giroud's third minute strike, marked manager Arsene Wenger's return to his former club Nagoya Grampus with a 3-1 win over the J.League side.