Midfielder Tomas Rosicky is proving an increasingly important asset in Arsene Wenger‘s Arsenal squad.
The Czech Republic midfielder is having one of his best campaigns since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2006. His importance is not commonly discussed, with flair and big names players such as Mesut Ozil and Santi Carzola typically stealing the attention. But Wenger is clearly very trusting of Rosicky, and it is warranted.
Arsenal have struggled with many injuries this season, especially in midfield. But someone like Rosicky is the perfect backup. We hear no word about moaning and discontent over limited first-team football because he knows he’ll be needed. And when called up, Rosicky almost always seems to perform to his best.
This season, he’s already played nine more games than in 2012-13 and there is an evident improvement. His game is now more direct, influential and clinical. The energy that has been such a big part of his game hasn’t dipped despite now being 33 and experience stands out when Arsenal need it. He’s found the net at some vital times this season, and impressively — with goals against Tottenham in the FA Cup and against Sunderland on Saturday as he finely finished off a superb Arsenal move.
You wouldn’t expect Rosicky to play every week, in fact, I’m not sure you would want him to as he isn’t quite good enough for a team with the ambition of Arsenal. But as an important squad player, someone who is guaranteed to be required, he is as good as it gets. He may be in the twilight of his career, but Rosicky is an integral part of an Arsenal that is going places.