Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky played a full 90 minutes for the Czech Republic against Iceland, despite being the ripe old age of 34, and may well have given manager Arsene Wenger something to think about for the coming season.
The talented playmaker was public in his disappointment to be given such little playing time for the Gunners in 2014/15, and certainly feels he still has a lot to offer his club of nine years. He remains a regular in his national team, and hopes such form for the Czech’s could see him force his way into the first-team next campaign.
Signed from Borussia Dortmund back in 2006, the midfielder has been terrific servant for Arsenal. However, game time has since alluded him in the last 12 months, with Wenger favouring the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil in the central areas. Rosicky was featuring ahead of Ozil at times in 2013/14, but was subsidiary last season.
The veteran is still in good enough shape to be afforded more game time than Wenger allows, and could be a useful player for the London side next season. In addition to the vast wealth of experience he provides, Rosicky is proficient at ball retention, while boasting brilliant creativity.
He’s also highly industrious despite his advancing age, and has a lot to offer the Arsenal side in next season’s hunt for the Premier League. Does he deserve more game time?