It looks like Tomas Rosicky will almost certainly still be a Gunner next season, with an option taken up by the club to extend the Czech international’s contract for another year.
It had been reported last week that the veteran was going to leave on a free (via the Metro), but fresh stories indicate the opposite.
The news was announced on Twitter by Chief Football Correspondent for the London Evening Standard James Olley, who claimed that Arsene Wenger himself had confirmed the news.
Just confirmed with Wenger that #afc have taken up an option to extend Tomas Rosicky’s contract by one year.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 22, 2015
Rosicky hasn’t featured much this season, which is strange considering the massive impact he had during the tail end of the 2013/14 campaign. He looked superb in his brief cameo appearance during our disappointing goalless draw against Sunderland however, and looks to still be capable of performing at the highest level.
Despite being 34-years-old, Rosicky adds an energy and a directness to the side that few other players can offer. He performs like a player half his age at times, and it’s fantastic to hear he will be here next season.
It may still be possible for the veteran midfielder to leave the Emirates this summer, but it will no longer be on a free transfer. Any club looking to pry him away will need to stump up a fee, so it looks like we will hold onto Little Mozart for at least another season.
He could be joined at the club by compatriot Petr Cech next season, according to the Daily Star – in fact, Rosicky’s continued presence could even help us secure the experienced shot-stopper’s services.