Following the unsavoury results of the past week, everyone seems to have something to whine about the Arsenal. Pundits, fans, neutrals, backroom staff, Ex-player and now players.
Even the usually most reserved ones are finally speaking up, with Tomas Rosicky voicing his frustration with the limited opportunities he’s got so far.
The 35 year old is a favourite amongst the gooners world over, having stayed loyal to the team through all the periods of player flux that have ravaged the team since he first arrived after the World Cup in 2006. Wenger has ever only used the choicest words to describe Rosicky’s influence on the Arsenal team, which was substantiated by the award of a further extension to him last season.
However, the midfielder who has stayed relatively injury free this season is yet to start a single League game this season, neither has he had any significant run in the Champions League, and it is not odd that he finally speaks out seeing that those who have been constantly selected have failed to fully produce the required results.
“I’m not sure what’s going on” Rosicky said to Denik, a Czech Newspaper
“I understand that I am 34 years old and that it probably plays a role whether I like it or not. That’s without doubt. However I’m not in physical decline.”
Rosicky had made a bright start to his Arsenal career, slotting straight into the first team with marvelous and exciting performances. Goals against Hamburg in the Champions’ League group stage n 2006, as well as a man-of-the-match FA Cup brace against Liverpool at Anfield were early signs that he was an absolute bargain by Wenger. Injuries after injuries have limited his regular availability over the years, reducing the impact he should have had.
Yet, he believes those days are behind him and he is as fit as ever to play even better.
“When I played for the national team against Holland, I ran 12km and according to tests at Arsenal, I’m in the top five in terms of speed… My health is fine too.”
Rosicky’s absence has been questioned by some fans too as the tenacity of his drive is never difficult to see, especially when he plays through the middle. Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta and Flamini have been Wenger’s preferred choices this season but considering neither has really hit it off on a massive scale, Rosicky certainly does have the right reason to question the reason he’s been ignored. Not only does he do ever so well in pushing forward but he is also a very keen winner of the ball making sliding tackles where necessary. He is one of the very few Arsenal players who play their hearts out at every opportunity and with the general outcry of a dearth of such zealous players in the team, it might be worth it that Wenger gives him more playing time than leave him to console himself chatting with Steve Bould.
Rosicky finds himself with Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell in the league of not trusted players who have been oddly deemed not part of the mainstream of affairs this season. Though the likelihood is less, there could be the chance that he considers the same options in January as his compatriots on the bench if there is not tangible improvement to their situation.
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