Tomas Rosicky admits he’s frustrated at his lack of game time but insists that he fully accepts Arsene Wenger’s team selection policy.
Having signed a one-year contract extension last year following an impressive run of form the Czech was tipped to be an influential squad member this season. However, as has all too often been the case since moving to London, the 32-year-old again found himself sidelined for months after picking up an injury while on international duty at Euro 2012.
Now fighting fit, the experienced midfielder insists he’s not going to think too much about being on the bench preferring instead to keep himself sharp both mentally and physically should he be needed in the last nine games.
“Naturally, I would like to play more often, that’s for sure,” Rosicky told CTK (quotes translated by Sky Sports).
“I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly.
“When the coach picks me, I go along with all the tactical tasks and I think I have nothing to be ashamed of.
“It’s the manager’s team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance.”
Putting the team’s collective spirit before personal interests, Rosicky also highlighted his desire to see Arsenal restore some pride after another disappointing season by salvaging Champions League qualification.
“The team has had problems so there’s no space or time to complain that someone is not playing.
“To me, personally, the most important thing is that the club which I love finishes in a position where we can compete in the Champions League.
“Everything else can be sorted out after the season, on a beach for instance!
“I must convince myself so that it doesn’t stay on my mind and doesn’t frustrate me. That wouldn’t help me or the club. Mr. Wenger tells me to be patient but, obviously, the manager of such a club is not explaining every single decision to you.”
Mature stuff from Rosicky who proved in Munich that his tremendous energy and burst of pace in the centre of the park is still as effective as ever. Given the caution surrounding Jack Wilshere’s fitness it wouldn’t be surprising if he were to feature more prominently in the final couple of months as an alternative to Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski.