Tomas Rosicky says he’ll play every game like it’s his last this season as he counts down to a possible Emirates exit next summer.
Having not won any silverware at Arsenal since arriving in 2006, the Czech international, who has only one-year left on his contract, underlined his desire to go out on a high while also promising supporters more plaudit-winning performances.
“I’m trying to play every game like it’s going to be my last,” the 32-year-old told the Mirror as part of media duties in Japan.
“Everyone can see that and I’ll continue to play like that. This is my last season. It’s not in the back of my mind that I’m playing for a new deal.
“I’m just trying to give my best for my team and my team-mates.”
A dynamic presence in the midfield when fit and firing on all cylinders, Rosicky’s experience has proved vital in the last two seasons despite the usual injuries taking their toll on his game time.
“I’m enjoying playing football again and we will see how it goes,” he continued.
“I’m not in a rush. I’ve said many times already that I would love to finish my career at Arsenal.
“The big part is the experience I have. I’ve been through happy times, bad times and everything. I’m 32 years old so I have a lot of stuff behind me already. All these tough games are the most interesting ones. You want to play in them and I’m no different in that.
“If you look at the last two seasons and what I was able to produce I think I played a big part in us coming back for a top four finish. Obviously for me the challenge is to make the pre-season which will help me for the whole season and contribute straight from the first game.”
It’s strange thinking about the players who have arrived and departed since Tomas signed on the dotted line seven years ago. He’s had incredibly bad luck with injuries but Arsene, to the chagrin of many, was indulgently patient with a player he obviously respects. In return Rosicky has waited for his chances in the last two years and rewarded the boss with some stunning displays.
Hopefully the old maxim ‘good things come to those who wait’ proves true. As one of the club’s longest serving players he more than anyone certainly deserves a cup or two to add to his CV.