Tomas Rosicky admits Arsenal could have done with signing another striker before the close of the transfer window but joked that Arsene Wenger now has a squad capable of emulating the style of Barcelona and Spain with an attack made up entirely of midfielders.
Speaking the day after the Gunners snapped up Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, the Czech international admitted to press in his homeland that he had no idea the Gunners were in for the German revealing he only learned of the move via the web.
“We didn’t know anything about it [the signing of Ozil],” he said, before joking, “I cursorily read a few of the names we were linked with, it’s important for me to know!”
“We’re a bit short on numbers compared to Manchester City and Chelsea, especially with the injuries, but I don’t doubt our quality.”
“We could use a new striker. If one of ours gets injured, we can face a big problem. But there are many midfielders in the club. The Spanish national team from time to time also played without a recognised striker and still won everything they could.”
With competition for places in the midfield stronger than ever, Rosicky made clear that he’s not worried about Ozil’s arrival.
“I don’t know Wenger’s vision, but good players are always welcome. I’m looking forward to playing with Ozil because we play excellent football.
“He’s a player who likes to combine play, he’s the same as me and Cazorla. These types of players I’ve always understood.”
Asked, as is customary these days, whether the Gunners are now equipped to end their trophy drought, Rosicky spoke with optimism despite admitting the competition is strong.
“We really want to; it’s already been a long time. The whole squad is very hungry. I came to Arsenal to win trophies as well. I think we stand a chance this year, even though the league is truly difficult. The quality of other teams is huge, just look at the table, everyone has already lost some points except for Liverpool.”
Arseblog News vaguely remembers Arsene trying to emulate Barcelona on a freezing cold evening in Sunderland a couple of yearas ago with Andrei Arshavin spearheading the attack. It didn’t work. We’re a little more confident this time around, although we’d much prefer Giroud to stay fit as well as handsome.
Cheers to Czech Gooner, Martin, for a helping hand with the translation.