Tomas Rosicky has put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Arsenal to complete a special few weeks which has seen the Czech international rediscover his goal-scoring touch and become an integral part of the club’s midfield engine.
Signed from Borussia Dortmund in May 2006, the 31-year-old initially showed flashes of the brilliance which had him labelled as one of the Bundesliga’s most exciting stars. However, having spent nearly two years side-lined with a mysterious hamstring problem and with further persistent fitness problems hindering his ability to compete with the likes of Alex Hleb, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Andrei Arshavin for a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up it appeared the ‘Little Mozart’s’ days in London were numbered.
Nevertheless, having worked hard behind the scenes, earned the trust of the boss and demonstrated a patience which many of his former teammates have lacked, Rosicky has undergone a renaissance on the pitch with his form the best seen in years. News on his decision to extend his contract thus comes as very welcome news indeed.
Speaking to the Arsenal website about his decision to stay on at the Emirates, the Czech stated:
“It’s a great honour to sign a new deal with Arsenal, I love the Club and am proud to wear the Arsenal shirt. It’s felt like home since I arrived six years ago and I couldn’t be happier to commit my future to the team.
“The manager, my team-mates, the staff and the supporters – everyone plays their part in making this a great Club, and I feel privileged to be a part of it. I believe we have a really talented group of players and, together with the manager, the future looks bright. It’s always been my goal to win trophies here at Arsenal, and I will fight hard to achieve my dreams here.”
One of the Gunners longest standing squad members, Arsene Wenger also spoke warmly about his player’s qualities both on and off the pitch.
“I’ve always been a big admirer of Tomas’ abilities and am delighted he’s chosen to commit his future to the Club. I believe he is an exceptional player, a natural footballer who is technically top class.
“He plays the style of football we champion here and shares completely our philosophy. He is always ready to work for the sake of the Club, always willing to put the team first. I have huge respect for him.”