Arsenal finished off the Spuds in Saturday’s 2-0 win during their FA Cup third round clash, and Rosicky was at the heart of the dominating performance, filling in for Ozil in his preferred No 10 role.
Since losing to Manchester City, the Gunners have gone on to concede just a single goal in five matches, testament to Arsenal’s resilience and hard work all over the pitch.
The Czech international feels his side’s strong defensive performance provided the platform for the win and has hailed the fighting spirit within this strong and tight-knit Arsenal squad.
Rosicky told Arsenal.com:
Collectively and tactically we were disciplined. In these type of games it is important not to make a mistake and we always have the quality to score goals.
I think there are still things where we can improve a bit tactically but obviously we won such an important game for us and the fans so it was a great.
When I play in the [No 10] position, I try to put the opponents under pressure and it paid off for me this time. I went there and took the ball and went through on goal.
It’s my first of the season and against our main rivals so it’s good.
You can see the players fighting for each other. That sometimes wasn’t there in the past.
It’s very important to build something like that with your team-mates.
The 33-year-old once again proved his class with an all action second half performance, rounded off with a fantastic finish after dispossessing last man Danny Rose on halfway.
The Gunners are a solid unit and a real force to reckon with of late mainly due to the time and experience this squad has with one another now. In the past players have come and gone, and some failed to settle.
There is much more to come from Arsene Wenger’s men, especially with several players injured and Mesut Ozil not quite settled and in the rhythm that he is more than capable of producing.
This season promises to be an exciting one for Rosicky, hopefully all his hard work and dedication that he continues to add to the side will pay dividend with his first trophy with the Gunners…And be rewarded with another contract extension.