How can Rosicky still help Arsenal?
Signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006, high expectations were put on the ‘Little Mozart’ as he was Arsenal’s only major signing in that transfer window. Coming off a disappointing season in the Premier League, many hoped Rosicky would spark creativity from midfield and make Arsenal a stronger team. He did initially and made the headlines with his long range goals for Arsenal against Liverpool and Hamburg. His first 2 seasons were pretty decent, netting 13 goals in the process.
Then, injury plagued Tomas Rosicky’s career. A couple of long term injuries effectively stripped Rosicky off the first team list of Arsenal. He played no games in the 2008/2009 season due to injury. The following seasons were also below par for Rosicky standards as he only found the net 4 times in 67 appearances. Rosicky declined significantly due to his injury and was mainly used as a substitute by Wenger.
Still, I feel Tomas Rosicky can contribute to Arsenal. With his experiences of being the skipper of the Czech Republic, he can impart valuable leadership to the young and maturing Arsenal midfield. Also, the man has not lost his skill yet. He could still bring creativity to the team and his long-range efforts are still lethal. Furthermore, his incisive passes and darting runs could still be valuable to the team and he could be a good backup player to Mikel Arteta.
There were recent reports doubting the loyalty of Rosicky as he was caught ‘grinning’ when Sebastian Larsson struck that beautiful free kick against Arsenal for Sunderland. However, I choose to believe that Rosicky can be a part of Arsenal’s future plans and he would put his utmost effort when playing for the club. He has been out injured for the last month (yet again) but Wenger is hoping he can appear for the reserves against Olympiakos this coming week.
With several German clubs including Stuttgart reportedly interested in Rosicky’s services, should Arsenal keep him or is it time for Wenger to let him go?