Arsenal ace Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he was looking to leave the club during the January transfer window, according to reports from the Mirror.
Rosicky found it difficult to find regular playing time early in the season, failing to start a single league match in the first four months of the campaign.
This resulted in the Czech Republic international considering his options, in which Rosicky held talks with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in regards to his future at the Emirates.
However, after an upturn in form since starting their Boxing Day clash against Queens Park Rangers, the 34-year-old has played 23 games and is now targeting a contract extension before the end of the campaign.
“Since the start of the year things have improved, the team has started to play better football and what’s more I’m playing. Compared to the first six months, it’s much better. We’ll see how it goes from here,” Rosicky said.
“I don’t really know [why I didn’t play]. It’s a good question, I would also like to know. The coach gave me a chance towards the end the year and then began to give me more playing time. I don’t know, maybe it was a watershed moment.”
“We had talked about [me leaving in January] in previous meetings back in September and October, but then the market closed and I couldn’t do anything.
“When you don’t play a single game in December and the market opens, [the prospect of leaving] is obviously on the agenda. Then you start to have second thoughts.
“It was an exception for me though, I really thought about it. Then Arsenal said stay and that was that.
“The rest of the season will go quickly, then we’ll look for a solution.
“Arsenal is still an option for me next season, the ball is in their court. When I get back from international duty we will start to talk about it.
“There are two options open to me [stay at Arsenal or go elsewhere]. At the moment I am in a situation where I make the decision.”
Rosicky’s current contract will expire this summer, and if no extension is agreed, he will be allowed to talk to other clubs as a free agent.
The attacking midfielder arrived from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006 for around £18million, playing 242 games for the Gunners, scoring 28 goals.