Tomas Rosicky says he’s planning to see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates despite rumours of a possible return to Sparta Prague and is optimistic that Arsenal won’t lose any first team players this summer.
Confirming that Arsene Wenger is eager to keep him, the Czech, who is currently on international duty, also backed the arrival of reinforcements claiming the whole squad will benefit.
“At the end of the season I spoke with the coach and he said he wants me to stay at Arsenal,” the 32-year-old told iDNEZ.cz.
“Of course you never know what can happen, but I should stay. Will I return to Sparta [Prague]? Not yet.”
Reflecting on another injury-hit season Rosicky underlined that he was pleased to play a part in Arsenal’s revival but admitted that he did harbour frustrations when fit but not playing.
“I returned from the European Championships injured and that’s never a good start. When I was fit though, I didn’t get many chances. I thought I would play more. However, towards the end I was happy that I played and that we were winning.
“I’m pleased I contributed to the turnaround after the trouble earlier in the season. It’s just a pity that I did not start playing again [sooner].”
“Given how badly we started, we have to be satisfied,” continued the midfielder when asked about Arsenal’s quest for the top four.
“We chased it until the last minute. Naturally, we wanted to be much higher but at least we made it to fourth place.
“The table doesn’t lie. When it turns out that way, it’s fair. We’re a club that every summer sees one or two players come in, but we still find ourselves needing to replace someone and it’s always difficult.
“It looks like no one will leave [this summer] and in turn we could have reinforcements. We’d all benefit from that.”
Arseblog News would certainly like to see the Little Mozart stick around for another twelve months (his agent thinks it likely) although with the club expected to be active in the transfer window it wouldn’t be surprising if he were to reassess his options later in the summer.
Already battling for a coveted spot in midfield against much younger rivals you wonder how he might react if Arsenal were to sign another attacking midfielder or if a lengthy deal presented itself elsewhere.