Although the future of some of our midfielders may not be certain, Tomas Rosicky has made it clear that he wants to be a part of the squad at Arsenal next season.
He may often be considered surplus to requirements as he has fallen down the pecking order due to:
- The emergence of Wilshere, Ramsey, Nasri and Diaby
- His long-term injury problems
- Inability to spark when he gets a chance to play
Tomas is undoubtedly a talented player, but is his time up at Arsenal? He has been a fantastic servant to the club, and always seems to work his utmost for the team.
In a show of true dedication to the sport, Rosicky has recently has his tonsils removed as they were thought to be the cause of a number of viral infections that have limited his opportunities in recent years.
Rosicky told iDNES.cz:
“I don’t want to go somewhere where I would have it easier and where even the ordinary life would be easier for me. I want to achieve something with Arsenal.
“On Monday, I am starting pre-season with Arsenal. Before vacation I was speaking with coach Wenger and he told me he counted on my services and that there was no intention of selling me.”
I believe that Rosicky can return to his former glory days. Some memorable performances of his include the match at Anfield when he netted twice to help us win the game. He was heavily involved in our fabulous midfield of Fabregas, Hleb, Flamini and Rosicky – their passing and movement was a joy to watch. Further to that, he can provide great back up for a creative player if Nasri/Cesc/Wilshere are injured/suspended or if some of those three players decide to leave the club.
Whether he can continue to be a useful squad player for Arsenal depends on his confidence, which I think depends on how many opportunities Wenger gives him. Of course, injuries played a part last season, but he still managed 19 starts and 14 substitute appearances. However, with only one goal to his name, and five assists, it seems that our Czech midfielder was struggling for form. He would probably need to have a long run in the team in order to get back to his best, but whether he gets such a chance remains unlikely.