With Arsene Wenger reveling the “fantastic news” that Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky is back in full training the Arsenal manager left us in no doubt that the skillful midfielder can still play an important role for an Arsenal team fighting for their first Premier League title since 2004.
Rosicky took another step towards an Arsenal comeback with an appearance for the club’s U21 side last Friday, he was back in Arsenal colours at the club’s London training ground as he played 45 minutes of a goalless draw with Swansea.
Wenger said of his return “It is fantastic because he has been out for very long and it is good to know that a player of that caliber is back in our squad.”
The former Borussia Dortmund and Sparta Prague man hasn’t featured for Arsenal this season, after suffering a serious knee injury while on international duty last summer. However, he is all set to return to first-team action in the coming weeks and give Arsene Wenger some much needed alternatives in midfield
While no one doubts Rosicky’s ability, at his best he is up there with the very best creative midfielders in the world, his up tempo style of play suits Arsenals style down to a tee and his ability to pick a pass is rivalled only by a handful of players at the very top level.
Nevertheless, what people will doubt about him is his ability to be counted on to be fit for the Gunners when important games come around in April and May. Rosicky’s injury record since joining from Dortmund is worrying to say the least. The 3-time Czech Rep player of the year has only played 21 more games for Arsenal in almost 10 years than he managed in the 6 years he was at die Schwarzgelben.
Injury after injury have meant that he has only managed 170 appearances for the North London club (averaging just over 18 per season) including missing the entire 2008/9 season due to a hamstring tendon injury.
Despite his injury record the creative midfielder has still somehow managed to amass 100 caps for the Czech Rep national team, and will be hoping he can somehow manage to stay fit and captain his national team to success in the European Championships this summer in France.
Rosicky who has indicated in the past that he would be willing to move away from North London to prolong his career is out of contract this summer and is highly unlikely to be handed an extension to his current deal due to his injury record. He along with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini look set to be let go by Wenger in the summer transfer window in order to make space for new signings.But if Rosicky did ever needed someone to give Wenger a call to remind him of just what Arsenal would be missing if they did let him leave then he need only look as far as Borussia Dortmund and German superstar Marco Reus. Reus recently revealed in a Q&A on twitter that the Czech Midfielder is his favorite player of all time, not a bad player to be singing your praises some might say.
By Jamie Walker
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