Does this ageing star deserve more credit at Arsenal?

Since first making the switch to north London from Dortmund nearly a decade ago, Tomas Rosicky has wowed fans of the Premier League with his cool composure on the ball and ability to score great goals.

The Czech Republic star may not be one of English football’s most notorious names of all time, but the 34-year-old midfielder has certainly developed a status with Arsenal as an incredibly gifted player who oozes class and technical brilliance. The Gunners’ no. 7 can pick out balls that even spectators watching at home don’t see coming, and because of his touch for all things flair, ‘the little Mozart’ should not be forgotten for a long time to come.

In light of Tomas Rosicky’s growing age and potential exit from Arsenal in the next few seasons, should the Czech star be more highly thought of by the Gunners faithful, and does he deserve more credit for his prominent career down at the Emirates?

The short answer to that question is – Yes. Wenger’s attacking midfielder, who cost Arsenal in the region of £9million back in 2006, had everything going for him to become a real star at the Emirates, and a real star of the Premier League. Football supporters, regardless of their persuasion, would be hard pressed to claim that they are not Rosicky fans, as when the Czech international truly gets on song, it really is a joy to behold.

Goals, assists and through-balls galore all occur when Tomas Rosicky is given free rein to test the opposition however he sees fit. Such players simply don’t crop up too often, and for that reason alone, his reputation at Arsenal should remain intact and un-blemished. When Wenger sees his no. 7 start to play well, the Gunners as a team start to play well as a result.

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‘The Little Mozart’s’ time in England hasn’t been without its fair share of problems however. For a number of combining reasons, inconsistency has played a major role in Rosicky’s Arsenal career, and it has therefore been a defining factor in holding back his Premier League progress. A series of testing injuries subsequently saw the Czech midfielder lose any form of flow within his game, and as upon returning to action he has hardly looked knock-free, Wenger has seemingly been reluctant to build his team around his once star man.

Such developments have unfortunately seen many new faces take Rosicky’s role in the Arsenal team in the past few seasons, but very few have managed to pull the strings in the same way as the former Dortmund man. The likes of Santi Cazorla have certainly done well and deserve their plaudits in north London, but the performances of other Arsenal stars just shouldn’t completely shadow those of Tomas Rosicky.

He may have scored a mere 27 goals in over 230 games for the Gunners, but as the creative midfielder specialises in setting up moves and assisting goals rather than scoring them, such statistics often leave some on-lookers with the incomplete picture.

Ultimately then, Tomas Rosicky may not have been the Robert Pires replacement he was initially touted as upon his arrival in north London, but he has certainly stepped-up in his own way and should therefore continue to receive the respect he deserves at Arsenal and beyond.

Football is a beautiful but cruel game however, and as injuries and inconsistency often come to mind when thinking of the 34-year-old star, Tomas Rosicky may not be remembered as quite the player he really was.