There has been a lot of talk on the transfers both in and out of the club and while Arsenal fans wait patiently for something to happen in the transfer window, I would like to bring their attention to Tomas Rosicky, Arsenal’s forgotten man.
I do not think there is an Arsenal fan who doubts Rosicky’s creativity. He has an eye for a pass, has a blistering shot, and a sudden change of pace that takes him past defenders. Last season he scored important goals most notably against Sunderland and Tottenham.
However, there is one thing that Rosicky needs to add to his game now more than ever and that is his leadership skills. At the age of 33, he is a very senior member of the Arsenal squad, a senior citizen if you like. I accept Rosicky has never and will never be the most vocal of his teammates and is actually quite a shy and private person who prefers to work in the background and let his teammates hog the limelight but Arsenal is at a point where they need a personality who will take them to the next level. In order to do that, Rosicky needs to stand up and be counted.
Earlier in his career, he suffered from injuries that hindered his progress and prevented Wenger from relying on him but he now has two seasons where he has stayed injury free and has been able to kick on from there. At his age he can be an example to the Arsenal team filled with so much youth. He needs to be the difference in games and cannot afford to go missing. He has potential to score fifteen goals a season easily but has avoided putting a strain on his leg that he normally would while shooting to minimize the chances of getting injured. Instead he has been driving the team on with his runs and providing chances for his teammates to score.
With Wenger now scrutinizing outdated training practices and getting a new fitness coach in Shad Forsythe from the German national team, we might hopefully get to see the best of Rosicky playing without the handbrake on. That truly would be a sight to behold. Rosicky can be the leader Arsenal have been crying for by letting his football do the talking and being the go-to guy when his teammates require something special. He is a game changer.