Tomas Rosicky, along with Francis Coquelin, has been a revelation since being utilized as a regular starter once again, but has the Czech done enough to warrant a start against Manchester City despite the return of Aaron Ramsey?
The 34-year-old has struggled to earn minutes let alone win a starting berth this season. But thanks to a series of midfield injuries, Rosicky is firmly back in the first team picture and has been incredible of late.
Starting against QPR, Southampton, Hull City and Stoke City since Boxing Day, the Czech international has been a vital cog in the Arsenal midfield that is set for a boost with a number of high profile stars returning to the fold.
Despite being 34-years-old, Rosicky has been everywhere in his recent outings for Arsene Wenger’s men, breaking up play, driving forward while also tracking back to cover his man.
Rosicky completed an impressive 90% of his passes against Stoke, created two chances and managed two clearances at the other end. While he was often dropping deep, the versatile midfielder alternated with Santi Cazorla who also contributed in attack convincingly. Rosicky was highly energetic and shares a similar hunger to Alexis Sanchez. It is so easy to forget the man is 34-years-old.
A trademark bursting run into the box helped get the Gunners underway, his low shot was well saved by Asmir Begović and the resulting corner led to Laurent Koscielny’s early header. Add to that the fact he assisted Alexis’ first with a tidy exchange on the edge of the box, if it hadn’t been for such a fantastic all-round display by Santi Cazorla he would have been our best midfielder on the day.
But that is it, players such as Santi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are on fire at the moment and the question begs whether Wenger will field the veteran midfielder against Premier League heavyweights and title contenders Manchester City this weekend.
They have a very robust midfield themselves, we need plenty of energy and dynamism to compete as we did last time at Emirates. We’re missing Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey is yet to be match fit despite his return to the bench on the weekend.
Mesut Ozil is also vying for a start but it is unlikely he will push for a place considering the form of others. For me, Tomas Rosicky starts alongside Francis Coquelin who has been very good in his defensive duties. His passing accuracy was not the greatest at 80% on the weekend, but he adds the necessary grit and graft to the defensive midfield position.
Rosicky can come flying out the box again as he did against Stoke and put City under as much pressure as possible both going forward and in defence. He will inevitably tire and we can bring on Ramsey between 60-70 minutes.
Do you agree Gooners?