Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger previously revealed summer-signing Mesut Ozil is to be back in the match day squad this weekend after being rested allegedly for a thigh complaint.
However, considering the nature of Arsenal’s next league opponents, there’s reason for Ozil to step aside for fellow midfielder Tomas Rosicky to continue his run in the side.
Rosicky rallied the troops ahead of a must-win match away to Stoke City at a ground Arsenal haven’t won at in the Premier League since 2010. The Potters’ rugged style of play has always trumped over Arsenal’s patient fluid football when the Gunners were the travelling side, and it’s such rugged attributes that has led Rosicky to enjoy a impressive season despite ongoing injury setbacks.
Wenger has played the 33-year old 17 times in the Premier League this season – more than he featured in the last two league campaigns combined. The versatile industrious midfielder’s fine form for Arsenal has even led to him being offered a new deal.
Ozil, on the other hand, has made a number of errors leading to goals this season from stray passes in big games. His attitude has been questioned by his own teammates, and the German playmaker just doesn’t look suited to the Premier League – with one assist in his last 10 games.
His stand-in Rosicky has started the Gunners’ last two league matches against Manchester United & Sunderland, and looks set to be named in the starting XI once more this weekend. He’s proven to be far more dependable than Ozil this season, and is a far more rounded midfielder. Not to mention the superb team goal Rosicky scored against Sunderland – highlighting just how well he fits in at Arsenal.
Should he retain his place over Ozil?