For Arsenal’s FA Cup Third Round clash against Tottenham Hotspur, midfielder Tomas Rosicky was named in the ‘number 10’ attacking-midfield role – rolling back the years of his Dortmund days. He got his first goal of the season after tackling Tottenham defender Danny rose on the half way line – keeping his composure to run 50 yards with the ball, and to chip over onrushing ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.
The goal highlighted one of the biggest strengths that he’s showcased to the Arsenal side since joining in 2006 – industry. Despite being 33, the Czech international has always been a reliable midfielder when called upon. A willing worker on the pitch, while possessing great vision on the ball, it’s no secret Rosicky why has outlasted many players who have joined and left Arsenal in the same time the former Dortmund man has remained at the Emirates.
While only making a handful of appearances last season such has been his advancing age, Rosicky has become a more pivotal member of the squad this campaign. Making 17 appearances in all competitions already, he’s played his part in Arsenal’s rise to the top of the Premier League, but his influence has been often ignored. It’s clear manager Arsene Wenger will continue to utilise him if he can showcase a good run of form. Just how useful has Rosicky been this season?