Date:Monday November 30 2009
Czech international midfielder Tomas Rosicky`s contract expires this summer. Last month he was reported to have said that there had been no discussions between him and the club regarding a contract extension but it seems that these are now underway.
"Wenger told me he wants me to stay," the Czech captain told club website. "I would like to stay as well, so we will see."
Like other key players over recent seasons Tomas has fallen victim to an injury curse that seems to have cruelly robbed us of senior players, for protracted periods, when they might be expected to be around their playing peak. Wenger had placed rather too much credence on medical reports that Tomas the flank engine would be back playing in September of last season, expecting him to feature in 80% of games. He didn`t manage any. That left a great creative gap in midfield that was only resolved with the acquisition of Arshavin at the end of January.
This season Tomas' appearances have been limited, making just 5 starts and 7 sub appearances. After such a long absence he still has to get match fitness back but at least the acquisition of Arshavin along with Nasri and a more fluid playing formation has enabled Rosicky to feel his way back into the team. His performances show that the playing ability is still there and with two thirds of the season still to go there is time for him to make a bigger impression on the season. His experience and maturity can prove valuable as the season progresses.
Expressing his disappointment after the weekend defeat at the hands of Chelsea Rosicky felt there was still plenty to play for.
"Maybe it would have been different if we had scored the first goal, but you have to say well done to Chelsea, because they were very strong. Chelsea took their chances. We have to keep going, and try our best because there is still a long way to the end of the season." said Tomas "The next match is vital. After a defeat like this, you need to have a good reaction."
He turned 29 last month but should have at least two good seasons of top flight football in the Premier League in him providing that significant injuries can be avoided. Some players are just incredibly unlucky in that respect and Tomas has had more than his share of misfortune. Let's hope he has the chance to make up for lost time.
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Date:Monday November 30 2009
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