Czech Republic player Tomas Rosciky has spoken about his lack of first team opportunities at Arsenal. The midfielder, normally a first team player, has been sidelined this season and despite a spate of injuries in the Arsenal side he has not managed to get any playing time. This is unusual to say the least; since Rosicky is generally a hard working player, also with Santi Cazorla so badly out of form a change might do the Gunners a world of good.
While he has not gotten any playing time at Arsenal, the Czech national team has called him up for the upcoming international fixtures. And in an interview with Czech media, Rosicky spoke about his confusion at the lack of first team opportunities:
I’m not sure what’s going on. I understand that I am 34-years-old and that it probably plays a role whether I like it or not. That’s without a doubt. However, I’m not in physical decline.
When I played for the national team against Holland I ran 12km and according to the tests at Arsenal I’m in the top five in terms of speed.
We are on good terms, so I do not really know what it is. It is purely a coach’s decision. It’s not my decline. My health is fine too. Of course I want to play, but there’s not much I can do about it.
Compared to last season we’ve changed the system and again have started playing 4-4-2. The coach is trying to find a system that best suits the players, and vice versa.
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I’m not in this alone, there are other players in a similar boat. When we do get a chance it’s harder for us to get into our rhythm.
So far this season has been disappointing for us. We haven’t played well and when I’ve played I’ve not been at the forefront of things.
The veteran was also asked about a possible move away from the Emirates in the upcoming transfer window. He chose to avoid the topic, but did say that Sparta Prague could be an option for him.
It is still far away. There are still two months and we’ll see what happens when the winter transfer market window opens. So far, I’ve not thought about it at all.
Sparta [Prague] will for me always be something I’m asked about because I’m a huge fan, but at the moment it’s not on the cards.
This season has seen some questionable tactics, and with people like Rosicky and Podolski relegated to the bench one has to wonder whether Wenger has a plan at all. Whatever that plan is, it does not seem to be working for the Gunners, and may cost us one of our most loyal and reliable players.