The Gunners attacking midfielder Tomas Rosicky has revealed he is attempting to convince himself not to get frustrated over his lack of playing time, despite being fully fit. He is choosing to focus on the main priority which is for the club that he loves to secure qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League competition.
The 32-year-old who is under contract with Arsenal until the end of next season has missed majority of the season with varies injuries, hence Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to use the Czech international too heavily.
Rosicky has made just nine appearances in all competitions, and is yet to start a Premier League game this term however he produced a solid performance in the 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich. While the experienced attacking midfielder wants to play more his focus remains on the club and feels his future can be sorted at the end of the season.
Rosicky told CTK:
Naturally, I would like to play more often, that’s for sure. I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly.
When the coach picks me, I go along with all the tactical tasks and I think I have nothing to be ashamed of.
It’s the manager’s team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance.
The team has had problems so there’s no space or time to complain that someone is not playing. To me, personally, the most important thing is that the club which I love finishes in a position where we can compete in the Champions League.
Everything else can be sorted out after the season, on a beach for instance!
I must convince myself so that it doesn’t stay on my mind and doesn’t frustrate me. That wouldn’t help me or the club. Mr Wenger tells me to be patient but, obviously, the manager of such a club is not explaining every single decision to you.
Even if we have been eliminated from all the cup competitions, we have enormous motivation to fight for fourth spot, which is extremely important for Arsenal.
There’s a lot of points left to play for and we are just four points behind, that can be reached. We just need a run of good results.
Spoken like a true Gunner. Rosicky is an absolute champion and should be playing far more than he currently is. The Czech was unlucky not to start against Swansea after a starring performance in Munich, however rotation was a must so the 32-year-old can be kept fit for the season run-in. Wenger has both Wilshere (when fit) and Cazorla in the advanced midfielder role competing with Rosicky, so naturally it is tricky for him to get a look in. But he is an essential squad member and we must keep him happy and retain the midfielder’s services for next season.