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Wenger Feared Rosicky Was Done - So Did We!

Arsenal kicked off their 2009 summer pre-season schedule with the annual trip to the Underhill Stadium to face Barnet in the traditional opening fixture. The game ended 2-2 but the highlight of the game was the return to action of long term absentee, Tomas Rosicky.

Rosicky hasn't kicked a ball in anger since January of 2008 after suffering what seemed to be a minor injury that ultimately kept him out for 18 months and had all Gooners wondering if we'd ever see the classy play-maker in red and white again.

After the game Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed for the first time that he shared all of our concerns.

'There was a time when I was worried Tomas wouldn't play football again and he felt the same,' said Wenger.

'But he had always led a healthy and dedicated life. Mentally he's also very strong. Of course you have to ask and hope if he will ever get back to where we want him to be and the answer looks like yes.'

The re-addition of Tommy Gun to the squad adds a massive air of experience, and when paired with Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin provides one of the most creative and mouthwatering midfields that I've seen in a very long time.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 20 2009

Time: 8:50AM

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our attack is mouth watering. I don't think we need to replace Ade and hopefully young Barazite will be given the chance to step up. I really hope Wenger uses every cent he has now to bring in a solid midfielder to play behind Cesc and Rosicky.
Fantastic to see him back, we have really missed having him in the side, with the departure of the off-side kid and the return of Tommy things are looking up for us. Just one or two signings more and get Gallas to extend his contract (but he will leave ona free next year) and we would be sorted!
A certain star of this blog made a remark that Rosicky would never wear an arsenal shirt again; he stated he would reveal parts of his person if he did and eat his hat. He was right last time in saying Rosicky would not play last year but does he still believe he wont play for us again???? (comment LD)
You have to write more words! ;-)
Well remembered AG - Tim, we'll expect pictorial evidence to be posted ASAP :) - Tom, what are you waffling about now?
The bet was 20, and it does have to be a competitive game, but yes, it looks like I'll lose it. I hope so anyway.
Little Dutch
20? Damn ... that's nowhere near humiliating enough. I was hoping for some kind of nudity in a public place ..... not for any sexual reasons you understand, no matter how fine you tush is.
I don't need wagers to produce public nudity, I do have several restraining orders to prevent me doing it though.
Little Dutch
I was joking about some dude who slagged you off on the Adebayor article on the homepage.
Little Mozart is back - watch out working girls! Fingers crossed he can stay fit and score 15 goals this season!
Afully fit Rosicky give us a player who runs at people, and scares defender to death. Just what we need this season.
Cockney Rich
What I like about having Tomas back in the team is that as well as his creative flair and eye for a screamer ... he get get stuck in. I like Theo, he's a real trier, but he exposes us defensively, and with AA on the other side we're gunna struggle to contain teams .... but Tomas is better than Theo both attacking and defending. - Tom, sorry bud, I must have missed that one.
Totally agree Rocky. And the guy was a nob head.
Life is on the up, first we get rid of Ade and make a packet, Tommy appears to be coming back and to top it off England win a test at Lords for the first time since 1934. This could be the year for us go you mighty Gunners.
Its great to have him back as he provides a mouth-watering prospect for the upcoming season. My only concern is that his injury was extraordinary and the subsequent treatment included hacking away most of his hamstring. The risk of a secondary injury is high and if that happens his career would be under real threat. Ill be surprised if he gives us a full season and we have to be prepared for his absence.
Sir Henry
I agree Sir Henry, we musn't get too carried away, even though it is excellent news. He looked fit and lively, but having been out for so long we must be patient and expect plenty of niggling injuries this coming season. Hopefully Arsene will find the best way to use him effectively, but sparingly. Great to have him back though of course. One question - IF we pair RvP and Arsh up front, with Cesc and Den/New Signing CM, who would our wingers be? Would Theo play on the right or would one of Nasri and Rosicky (if fit) play there? If so which one do you think is more suited to the right side?
I would also tread cautiously with this one. Its only one half of a friendly game, so lets wait a bit longer before we feel happy. I really really hope that he gets fully fit, coz our squad looks much stronger with him in it.
Nas and Rosicky switching throughout the game.
Agreed Sir, we have to be prepared to live without Tomas for big chunks of the season. I'd be happy enough if Tomas/Arshavin/Nasri/Theo sort of rotate on the wings, with AA/Theo getting some time playing the striking role. Another great thing about Tommy coming back is that whenever Cesc gets a rest or a suspension, Tom/Nasri can back him up adequately. Which is something that we couldn't afford to do in the past 2 seasons.
I don't normally do favourite players, but if I had to pick one it would be the little Czech composer. Welcome bakc, hope for a good and injury free season for you :)
Ozi Gooner
Agree Ozi (w RVP and Arsha a close tie for second). His movement on and off the ball is world class. Every time he's on the ball he looks capable of something special. How excited/motivated our young midfielders must be to have him back fit in training and on the team sheet - they must step up their game if they're to stay ahead of a fit Tomas. Cesc ought to be excited too - another world class midfielder in a midfield lacking in the finished article.
As far as favourite players go, its gotta be Cesc for me. His vision/passing capability is second to none in the squad, and boy does that cause some damage. RVP has recently moved into second, not just coz of his skill but he has showed great dedication and love to the squad which is what we seem to be lacking a bit of. I have a few Arsenal players i would like to see the back of tho, but i'm sure we all do (althought we have one less to worry about now - thanks for the 25m City).
Arshavin is of course our best player, and my fave in the world alongside Messi, but Rosicky is lovely to watch. Could he or Nasri partner Cesc in the middle?

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