Tomas Rosicky has clarified that he will remain with the Gunners next season despite reported speculation that his time in North London is up.
The Czech international cited a discussion with Arsene Wenger in which the Arsenal boss stated his wish to keep the experienced 32-year-old for another season after once again proving his value to the side.
Rosicky struggled with injuries at the beginning of the season however became a regular feature in the lineup towards the end of the season with Santi Cazorla pushing out wide to allow the Czech to take up his favoured attacking midfield position.
Reports have suggested that Rosicky could return to his first professional club, Sparta Prague, however he has moved to say that himself and no other first team stars will depart the Emirates this summer.
He told the Metro:
We are a club that every summer sees one or two players come in, but we still find ourselves needing to replace someone and it is always difficult.
It looks like no-one will leave [this summer] and in turn we could have reinforcements. We would all benefit from that.
At the end of the season I spoke with the boss and he said he wants me to stay at Arsenal.
Of course you never know what can happen, but I should stay.
Will I return to Sparta? No, not yet.
Rosicky’s commitment is once again top notch, he’s a valuable member of the squad and will continue to demonstrate that next season. It is positive to hear that he believes no-one will leave this summer with doubts over Bacary Sagna’s future, so perhaps the Frenchman will remain and potentially see out his current contract or agree new terms for an extension.
While it is positive that the Czech will remain, it is evident that Arsenal require a new attacking midfielder to battle Rosicky for the position especially if Cazorla continues to be utilized on the wing. Clement Grenier of Lyon springs to mind with reports heating up over his rumoured transfer to the Gunners, however that is just gossip at present. But Wenger needs to add more quality and depth to the team all round, and at least two midfield acquisitions will do the trick – one defensive and one attacking.
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