Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky is back fit and firing and his form this season must surely warrant another contract at the club.
Rosicky, 33, was instrumental once again for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal swatted Tottenham aside in the FA Cup third round tie at Emirates Stadium.
His energy and boundless enthusiasm has played a key part in the revival of Arsenal this season and this was evident in his goal against Spurs.
After a corner was cleared, Rosicky was sprinting after a Roberto Soldado pass to Danny Rose who crumbled under the Czech’s intense pressing of the ball.
Rose tried and failed with a piece of skill leaving Rosicky to rob the ball from him and race through to beat Hugo Lloris with a classy finish to seal a 2-0 win for his team.
The Czech midfielder, whose contract expires in the summer, is the embodiment of this ‘new’ Arsenal who full of commitment and determination to end the trophy drought this season.
His experience is invaluable and this showed against Spurs when he was seen giving Serge Gnabry some words of encouragement and pat on the back before a corner.
Rosicky is an elder statesman of the Arsenal side along with Bacary Sagna, whose contract also runs out in the summer, and Wenger must realise he needs to have these types of players on board.
Leading from midfield
Arsenal have been criticised in the past for having a lack of on-field leaders but Rosicky definitely fits into this mould along with Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Sagna.
The Czech’s stats will never be a standout feature (his goal against Spurs was his first of the season) but he sets the tempo of the Arsenal game and gives them a platform from which to launch an attack.
While Wenger has an abundance of midfielders at the club, Rosicky has proved to be Mr. Reliable for his manager this season in many of the big games, especially at home.
He drops deep to orchestrate attacks before popping up in-between the oppositions defensive lines to spread the play out wide or flick the ball through for a teammates to have a shot on goal.
Rosicky also has a genuine affection for Arsenal and I’m sure he would love to extend his stay and be part of this latest exciting Arsenal project under Wenger.
While the likes of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have stolen the headlines this season, the man that really makes Arsenal tick is the Czech schemer Rosicky and Wenger knows it.
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