Date:Monday January 4 2010
Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has signed a new contract with the club. Mischievous rumours that he has sprained his wrist in the process and will be out for a month appear to be unfounded.
The contract length isn`t clear with some reports suggesting it only runs to the end of next season but Wenger refers to seasons in the plural when expressing his satisfaction today:
"I have spoken many times of Tomas` class and contribution, not only on the pitch but off it as well, and I very much feel that this new contract reflects that. Tomas` vision and touch is remarkable and I know that we will all benefit from his input in the coming seasons. Tomas is a special talent and we`re delighted that he has committed his future to Arsenal."
Despite being with the club for 3 and a half seasons the midfielder, once referred to as Little Mozart but more recently as Rosicknote, has only started 57 games in that time as protracted injuries have robbed him of almost 2 seasons worth of playing time.
Happy to be staying, Tomas said: "I am so pleased to have signed a new contract with Arsenal. The last two seasons haven`t been easy for me because of injuries but I feel it speaks volumes about the Club`s belief in me for this to be signed, and I truly believe I have a lot left to offer the Club, my team-mates and all the supporters. It`s felt like home since I arrived here four years ago and I believe we`re on the verge of achieving something special together. I`m looking forward to the coming months and hope that together, we are all celebrating at the end of the season."
If he can maintain fitness there is no doubt that he has the experience and class to contribute significantly to achieving our aspirations over the next couple of seasons. Well..it`s just like signing a new player isn't it!!!
Supporters are bound to feel sceptical about his susceptibility to injury but he won't be 30 until well into next season and as such he represents the experience we have perhaps allowed to leave too early at times in the past as financial restrictions compelled us to focus on youth while the stadium project was being funded.
So who says Wenger only signs youngsters then?
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Date:Monday January 4 2010
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