After just his first League start and goal of the season, Tomas Rosicky is considered back in the fray in Wenger’s team for the season, especially with Tottenham to come in early February. But Greek Championship side Olympiacos want to do the Spurs a favour with reports that they have the 34-year old on their radar for a January move according to Mirror.
The Czech International has been ever haunted by injuries all through the eight years of his Arsenal career but have always shown brilliance and touches of class when called up. A flurry of midfielders at the start of this season has relegated him to an extended stay on the bench, with his only start before the QPR game being the League Cup defeat at home to Southampton, in which he was named captain.
Arsenal have had some sort of tie with Olympiacos in the past, the club where Joel Campbell spent his last loan spell. Campbell did have a good season in Greece, appearing also in the Champions League with a memorable goal against Manchester United in the Last 16 last season. The Greek Champions, however, did not make it past their group this time, finishing third behind Atletico Madrid and Juventus, and it may be to boost their chances of making a push for the Europa League that they covet our veteran midfielder.
Wenger did offer Rosicky an extended deal last season, clearly seeing him as an integral part of his team and it would be doubtful to see him go away midseason. Our injury worries in midfield mean we are already short of options and cannot afford to let go of the few we have. Rosicky’s injury record means he is also being managed this season, as Wenger elected not to give him two games on a row, resting him of the win at West Ham.
There are certainly a couple of players who are very likely to leave the Emirates in January, like Podolski, Sanogo or Campbell, on temporary or permanent deals, but there is no way Rosicky is part of them. He has not hidden his frustration at not getting enough games, but there is been no reason to believe he is eager to push his way through the exits just yet. With other players in form, it’s believable to think he understands the manager’s selections and that his time will duly come.
He will be in contention for upcoming games against Southampton and the FA Cup opener at home to Hull, with Ramsey, Ozil and Arteta still some way off full recovery.
His ability to move the ball so quickly, setting up forward players in good positions could be vital in breaking down such physical teams who stay close to their markers.
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