Having experienced an unstable past couple of seasons, Tomas Rosicky’s 31st birthday will undoubtedly be the start of another strange season for the seasoned midfielder. As well as having to deal with Arsenal’s lack of form, the Czech international has had to come face-to-face with the lack of first team opportunities, especially during Fabregas and Nasri’s time at the Emirates. Now that they’ve moved on, can he make his later years the ones that count the most?
Arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, ‘Little Mozart’ spent the next three seasons enjoying regular games and became renowned for his long-range strikes both for Arsenal and his country, securing the 2006 World Cup’s Goal of the Tournament award for his 35 yard effort against the USA.
However, missing the 2009-10 season through injury disrupted his development, and the addition of Nasri to the squad only meant that Rosicky was to be sidelined. Last season, he scored just a single goal and was restricted to Carling Cup appearances and a handful of European games. Although there weren’t too many chances to witness what he has left in him, the evidence does suggest that he still has something to offer.
Whilst there are some concerns beginning to be voiced about Arteta after the Spurs game and Wilshere out for 3 months with injury, Rosicky could be just the player to provide that missing creative link, and add something different to the usual ‘walk the ball into the net’ strategy, with shots from range for example.
He may be something of a shadow of his former self but there is no doubt whatsoever that he can still perform at the highest level. He has looked to offer more than the sometimes idle Arshavin in terms of effort and effectiveness in creating chances too.
With the club being linked with different midfielders every day, has Rosicky got enough to impress Wenger or will money have to be spent on newer, fresher talent – surely spelling the end of Rosicky’s time at Arsenal?