Bacary Sagna isn’t the only player who has his Arsenal future up in the air, Czech star Tomas Rosicky is also in the same boat but there is a difference between both men, while Sagna is yet to agree another deal, Rosicky has a deal agreed in principle, he only needs to fulfill a condition to activate it.
According to the agreed contract, Rosicky will get an automatic one year extension if he plays at least twenty five games for Arsenal this season. So far this season, he has amassed eighteen matches in all competitions under his belt and chances are that he would get at least seven more if not as a starter but a substitute but does he deserve another year at the club considering the fact that his stats haven’t been really encouraging. He has no goals and also just a single assist to his name.
While I agree that he could boast of better stats, I want to argue that Rosicky is a useful player worth having around. Every top club have their own fair share of old heads. Manchester United have Giggs, Chelsea have Terry and Lampard, We should keep ours.
Rosicky is the oldest Arsenal player and he seems to be the only one that comes to the party against the big boys when others seem to cower. Replacing him won’t be so easy. He is on £70k per week and replacing him means Arsenal would have to get in a new player and that means transfer fee and wages. How much will they start with? If the player is good and in high demand, Arsenal can’t afford to offer him less than £70k lest they lose him to a club willing to offer more.
If the player is coming from another league, there is the fear of him not settling in the league. Another way to replace him is to look inwards. Yes, the club have youngsters that could go on to become like him but before they do, they will have to learn first. Esfield, Zelalem, Ramsey, Wilshere could go on to be better that the little Mozart but they need to learn his ways first and having him around a little longer won’t be a bad idea.
Finally, the fact that he is willing to take such contract shows his love for Arsenal. Just like Dennis Bergkamp who kept taking an extra year in his last three years at the club. He could have opted to leave Arsenal and trust, he won’t be short of suitors but because of his love for the Gunners, he wants to stay. The least Arsenal can do is keep him, he deserves it.