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It’s official – our Czech star has signed a new deal with the club. As we mentioned last week, rumours were circulating that Tomas was set to sign an extension to his contract.
The length of the contract and his wages are yet to be revealed, but I’m sure those details will be speculated upon by bloggers and tweeters who are ‘in the know.’ As far as we’re concerned, it’s just great news that Rosicky will continue to be an Arsenal player for the foreseeable future. He’s finally been given a run of games in the centre of midfield, and he has flourished. He is showing the kind of form that made a formidable midfield partnership with Fabregas, Hleb and Flamini.
Without injuries, the future of our midfield is looking very rosy indeed. Wilshere, Coquelin, Rosicky, Ramsey, Song, Diaby, Arteta and possibly Oxlade-Chamblerlain. There is the right mix of experience and youth. But we should probably write-off Diaby as an option for the moment.
Rosicky has said the following to arsenal.com following his contract extension:
“It’s a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the Club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt. It’s felt like home since I arrived six years ago and I couldn’t be happier to commit my future to the team.
“The manager, my team-mates, the staff and the supporters – everyone plays their part in making this a great Club, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.
“I believe we have a really talented group of players and, together with the manager, the future looks bright. It’s always been my goal to win trophies here at Arsenal, and I will fight hard to achieve my dreams here.”
It sounds like he is a true Gooner. He’s gone through a lot at Arsenal, and seen plenty of friends come and go. As one of the longest-serving players at the club, hopefully he feels some duty to the fans to lead the team to that long-awaited trophy. But it does sound deeper than that – I think Tomas is an Arsenal fan as well as a player.
Wenger had only good things to say about the Czech international:
“I’ve always been a big admirer of Tomas’ abilities and am delighted he’s chosen to commit his future to the Club. I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top class.
“He plays the style of football we champion here and shares completely our philosophy. He is always ready to work for the sake of the Club, always willing to put the team first. I have huge respect for him.”
I completely agree with the sentiment that he shares our philosophy. Tomas is a great example of ‘pass-and-move.’ He is a dynamic player who is always looking for space. But he doesn’t just look to receive the ball, he then looks to bring more teammates into an attack, such as he did for his goal vs Spurs by laying the ball to Sagna before darting into the box.
I’m very glad with the news that Rosicky will be staying at Arsenal. I hope that negotiations are ongoing with a few other players behind the scenes, as we look to build on our success on the pitch by making some achievements off the pitch.