Both Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have heaped praise on Tomas Rosicky, with the former Southampton man admitting he learns a lot from the Czech international.
Although Rosicky is a doubt for tomorrow’s game against
Southampton Norwich, his two goal salvo against West Brom won the points for Arsenal and the Ox says, “He can turn and drive and shoot, he is technically brilliant and his work rate is fantastic. He is a magnificent player.
“The way he plays the game so positively, he is always looking to go forward and drive at defences. He takes risks and makes things happen. He is also one of the nicest guys I know. You can have a good laugh and joke with him, but when it comes to football he is always trying to help me.
“With his experience he is always giving me advice, but in a nice way, and helps to bring you along and be a good professional. He is a great lad to have in the dressing room.”
Which shows that even if his influence on the pitch isn’t as great as we would like because of the injuries, he can still contribute to players who will be the future of the club.
Meanwhile, return captain Thomas Vermaelen has also waxed lyrical about Rosicky, hailing his technical skills.
“Tomas has always been a great player for us,” he said. “He has been unlucky with injuries this season but his technical qualities are amazing.
“He’s a popular guy around the Club, he’s been here for a long time, he knows everyone and we all get on with him because he is really relaxed. On the pitch he is reliable, always available to receive the ball and his technique is almost perfect.”
Fingers crossed he makes it for tomorrow, and scores another couple.