Arsenal’s somewhat forgotten man Tomas Rosicky has proved to his boss Arsene Wenger that there’s life in the old dog yet.
Rosicky, who has suffered horribly with injuries throughout his illustrious career, has recently been given a good run in the Arsenal first team. The 34-year-old has started four of the Gunners’ last five games in all competitions, and scored what turned out to be the winner in the 2-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. After solid performances against Hull City in the FA Cup last week and Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday, Rosicky has certainly sent a reminder to the Arsenal faithful that he still has what it takes.
Game time is undoubtedly going to be tough for the Czech Republic international. Any team with the array of attacking talents such as; Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is going to be extremely hard to break into. And to be honest, when Ramsey, Ozil and Jack Wilshere are all back and fully fit, you would fully expect the Czech winger to be back amongst the substitutes.
Rosicky may not have had as much first team action as he would have liked in recent seasons, but you cant fault him for failing when called upon. At 34, his legs aren’t going to function as well as they used to, but fortunately for Arsenal, he’s one of those players who has developed a footballing brain in his eight years at the Emirates – he still has an eagle eye for a pass, and proved he can still score the odd goal or two.
After Sundays impressive 3-0 win at home to Stoke City, the Gunners have now moved up to fifth in the Premier League table – just one point off a Champions League spot. Rosicky was simply superb for Arsenal in the middle – he ran the midfield and his one-two with Alexis Sanchez for the Chilean’s first was nothing short of sublime. Wenger’s side looked back to there dazzling best, which was just what the doctor ordered after their disappointing 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s in their last Premier League outing.
Thomas Rosicky has no doubt been a superb servant for Arsenal since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2006. Despite some major injury setbacks and sporadic losses of form, the midfielder has flourished in many Arsenal teams over the years. He’s one of the Gunners’ longest-serving players currently the oldest at the club. As he enters the latter stages of his career, he will know match time is going to be at a premium. But for as long as Rosicky is capable of producing, he is guaranteed to at the very least always give 100%.
Arsenal travel to champions Manchester City on Sunday, which is set to be another ding-dong battle between the two sides. It will be interesting to see if Wenger opts for the fit-again guile of Mesut Ozil, or if he puts his faith in the cool, creative head of Thomas Rosicky.