I believe Tomas Rosicky is the most talented individual to ever don an Arsenal shirt and there have been a few. He has it all; blessed with a thunderous and yet extremely accurate shot, change of pace and ability to bamboozle defenders and ability to spot a pass better than most, tenacious when tracking back with an ability to be a box to box midfielder.
The honest reason I have to criticize Rosicky is because I believe he is under-performing. Most fans will read this and react with disdain because they believe Rosicky is playing unbelievable football at the moment. That is Rosicky’s problem right there because I believe he is playing at only fifty percent of his ability (That is how highly I rate him) while many fans believe he is playing to the best of his ability.
That is the reason he will just be remembered as another classy midfielder…a simple cog in the wheel and not an Arsenal great. When Cesc Fabregas was at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger built the team around him. During this time Rosicky was suffering from injury problems that made Abou Diaby’s look like child’s play. However, after Fabregas left, Wenger could not turn to Rosicky because no matter how highly Wenger rates him, he is just not a leader. He has never been THAT guy, the one all players turn to for inspiration.
This was painfully obvious when I watched Arsenal lose to Southampton. When Wanyama and co. took the hold of the midfield, the team seemed to fall apart. They looked like they were lacking a spark yet as they retreated to their shells, so did Rosicky who began to misplace passes which is quite unlike him. Of course this is in no way blaming Rosicky for the Southampton loss but that is when it became crystal clear to me why Wenger failed to build the team around him all this time and yet built it around an 18 year old Fabregas.
Rosicky has always been shy off the field and was never going to be a vocal captain, rather he let his feet do the talking and they produced music…they do not call him the little Mozart for nothing. Rosicky needs to prove he can lead a team instead of playing second fiddle all the time.
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Dennis Bergkamp was pure class. Not only was he as comfortable being the main striker and scoring wonderful goals but also playing second fiddle to Thierry Henry and still being remembered as fondly with his brilliant goals and flicks. Rosicky’s moments of brilliance are just that; moments of brilliance that are too few and far between. He has the ability to be so much more as he himself has always stated. Even Mikel Arteta admitted that Rosicky is too underrated.