The Arsenal star Tomas Rosicky has again again hinted towards a summer departure from the Emirates, after going through a ‘difficult’ campaign in which he made only 15 Premier League appearances for the North London side, with his last start coming in March.
As quoted by the Daily Star, the Czech Republic international said: “I can’t tell you anything at the moment. When the season finishes, we’ll see if I will continue for another season. I would rather not talk about it at the moment. Being on the bench is difficult – every player wants to be involved. When you’re not getting the games you want or if you are not even part of it, it’s difficult for every player.”
With an Arsenal exit seemingly on the cards, the supporters of the veteran midfielder’s hometown club Sparta Prague have already begun to raise funds for the return of their hero. A supporters’ statement read: “We are ready to do the maximum to inspire Sparta fans to raise the sum as high as it can be. We will actively and fully support also some related activities of the club, for example the sale of Tomas’s shirt, and special souvenirs.”
Being the biggest fan of Tomas myself, I have to admit that his time may well be up. Despite still being as fit as a fiddle and still possessing the ability to break down defences, the truth is that the Little Mozart doesn’t even seem to make the Arsenal bench when all our attacking options are fit. He’s expressed his frustration on a couple of occasions this season and he’s completely justified to do so, a player of his quality simply does not deserve to languish on the bench.
However, as someone who desperately wants him to stay, I believe that there’s at least a small chance of that as he doesn’t seem like he’s made up his mind, and Wenger has already stated that he wants him to stay. I would totally understand the club’s decision in not playing him regularly if he was past it, but the truth is that he’s far from it and still has a good few years left in him. If Wenger can promise him regular game time next season, he may well opt to stay for at least another campaign.
But whatever happens in the summer, in my opinion, Tomas Rosicky is an Arsenal legend. It will be an utter shame to see him leave without ever winning the Premier League title with the Gunners. But with the player desperate for game-time and Sparta Prague desperate to re-sign him, it may well happen.