Tomas Rosicky is one of those “what if” players, clearly a talented player the midfielder is a joy to watch when he`s at the top of his game, unfortunately injury has blighted the large majority of his Arsenal career.
His injury problems were so bad at one point it led former Vital Arsenal columnist Tim Stillman to declare that he would bare his arse on the town hall steps if he ever played for the Gunners again (I still don`t know if Tim made good on that promise). Tommy did fight back from injury only to find a whole host of first teamers standing in his way.
After the FA Cup Final Rosicky spoke about how he was not amused to find himself on the outside looking in, however with one year still left on his contract he`s vowed to fight for his place.
Speaking at the launch of the new kit the Czech Republic midfielder said “My focus is here. I have another year left on my contract. It was a difficult time for me. It`s never easy when you are not playing at all and you end the season in the stands.”
“Is there a frustration? Of course there is a frustration because I think I can still help the team to be better. On the other side I have been here nine years and I have always said I love the club. I don`t think I have to prove to anyone how I feel about Arsenal and how loyal I am to this club.”
“Of course it`s not going well for me at the moment. It`s disappointing but I will not give up easy.”
“I will fight.”
Rosicky also claims Arsenal need to be more consistent to challenge for the title next year. ‘I thought we would challenge last season but obviously the first half of the season was not good.”
‘We did not play well at all and it wasn`t the Arsenal style of football we were playing. You could see from January we started to play our way and it was Arsenal. Now we have to show we can produce these kind of performances for the whole season and not just for half.”
‘Every player realises we have to carry on that momentum,’
‘We don`t want to just be third and win the FA Cup. Obviously, it`s a solid season when you win the FA Cup. You could see the progress in the team after December.”
‘Consistency is key for any title challenge and that is what we have to show through the whole of next season. The potential is there for this side to challenge for the title.”