Arsene Wenger recently took up an option to extend Tomas Rosicky’s contract by another year, and the Czech international doesn’t seem too happy about it, according to the Daily Star.
The 34-year-old has barely featured this season, which is strange considering the impact he had during the tail end of the 2013/14 campaign. He has been fit the majority of the time, but has had to settle for either a place on the bench, or with not being in the squad at all.
His lack of game time meant few would have been surprised to see him head for the exit this summer, as despite his age, Rosicky still looks capable of competing at the highest level. It would be a shame for his final years to be wasted on the bench, so it’s understandable that he isn’t thrilled with his situation at the moment.
“Since the moment Arsene Wenger ‘used’ the option in my contract, I haven’t even been on the bench,” Rosicky said.
“I am laughing but it’s not funny.
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“It’s frustrating but I am a professional. Even if you lose your place, you must still be prepared because the situation can change.
“I’ll start the summer preparation with Arsenal and that’s the whole of my plan for the time being.”
It’s fantastic to see him remaining a consummate professional, but it’s sad to see that the situation has soured. It’s worrying that his words suggest the contract extension was not mutual, and that Rosicky has essentially been forced to remain at the Emirates against his will.
Arsene Wenger may have just taken up the option in the hope that he can get a transfer fee for him this summer, as the Frenchman is known for his penny pinching. It’s hard to see anyone stumping up a huge amount for someone his age though, and the amount we will be forking out in wages means that a move of that nature would make little financial sense.