Tomas Rosicky says that he finds the current situation he’s in at Arsenal ‘not funny’, and that since Arsenal took up the option on his contract for a further year, he’s been marginalised from the team.
The experienced Czech international didn’t even make the bench for the FA Cup final, and is clearly unhappy with his lot, although he says he’ll remain professional.
“Since the moment Arsene Wenger used the option in my contract, I haven´t been even on the bench,” he said. “I am laughing but it´s not funny.
“It´s frustrating but I am a professional. Even if you lose your place, you must be still prepared because the situation can change.”
It’s a bit of a throwback to the situation earlier in the season when he was finding it hard to get a game, and suggested leaving in January might be an option.
It’s also interesting that he implies the activation of the contract extension wasn’t quite mutually agreed – although surely both parties would have to be willing to do it.
And while we know this is quite anecdotal, on the way to Edinburgh with Arseblog Tom after the cup final, he mentioned he’d watched Rosicky after the game and he seemed somewhat distant from the group.
His disappointment at not making the squad must have been part of that, but it’s sad that this is a situation that’s teetering on unhappiness. When you look at the squad, and his age, you do wonder if perhaps the best thing for him and us would be to call it a day this summer.
If he didn’t play as much as he liked this season, how much will he play next? We love Tomas here at Arseblog News, so fingers crossed this doesn’t play out much further in public.