Tomas Rosicky was absolutely on song last night in the Gunners 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers and begs the question as to whether he will start again in tomorrow’s visit to West Ham.
The likely answer is yes. Mainly due to the lack of options available to Arsene Wenger, the recently fit Rosicky looked in sublime form yesterday scoring Arsenal’s second to cap off a dominating performance in the middle of the park.
Albeit it was against QPR who were absolutely rubbish, but the 34-year-old stepped up to the plate when we needed him the most in what was his first Premier League start of the season.
The Czech international has been heavily overlooked by Wenger this season but with the engine room heavily stocked it has proved difficult to get a look in. The veteran midfielder added some much needed quality in the centre of the park, helping the Gunners to keep the ball and counter effectively – something we missed badly against Liverpool last weekend.
The Czech managed 69 passes with a 83% accuracy, roughly on par with the in-form Santi Cazorla. He also managed one key pass, completed two dribbles and was fouled twice. Something the stats can’t tell you though was the control he exhorted on the game and the energy and intensity he put in.
Wenger was equally impressed and had this to say:
Rosicky had an outstanding game today and he didn’t play for a long time. Our job is always to be ready when you play.
With suggestions of a winter departure hopefully his performance yesterday will earn him more game time over the next few weeks and convince him to stay for the rest of the season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been the latest to suffer an injury setback so Rosicky’s involvement could be key ahead of tomorrow’s tie with West Ham United and the New Years Day clash against Southampton.
Was brilliant seeing the Little Mozart back in action last night. Were you pleased too? Would you start him on Sunday? Share your thoughts below..