Arsenal’s injury have increased during the course of the international break with Tomas Rosicky the latest to join the growing list of players that are currently sidelined. Arsenal’s oldest player at 34 succumbed to a muscle injury, and could not participate in Czech Republic’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against Kazakhstan on Monday.
According to him;
“I couldn’t do any sharp movements, I couldn’t sprint” “If I tried to play at one tempo, I wouldn’t make any difference for the team (Czech Rep) I’ll come back to London and we’ll see. The doctor said I have something swollen between the muscles.”
It is yet another disappointing situation for Arsenal at the moment as Tomas Rosicky has endured an injury interrupted time with Arsenal since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in 2006. At one moment he was out for two years, following the injury in sustained in January 2008. An injury that curtailed Arsenal’s attacking potential in the push for the title that season. The Czech captain would have been a key option for Arsenal off the bench in Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey’s absence through injury, and now that he is likely to be sidelined too, it means he would not be able to utilize the absence of other players that are injured.
Although he expressed his disappointment at not featuring more during the September round of international matches, he has since gone on to make six appearances this season with the defeat against Southampton in the Capital One Cup the only match he has started.
Tomas Rosicky is already in the twilight of his career at Arsenal. He signed a new contract last season that is expected to keep him for a further two years at the club. And from the turn of events as it concerns his long history of injuries with Arsenal, it is time the club considers letting him go when his contract expires. He is one of the squad members that could easily be replaced in the coming seasons; his contributions this season have been minimal to say the least, a situation that points to the fact that he could be replaced with a player that would contribute more to the first team, and to the squad. Besides, his wages could be redistributed to the incoming player that would be an upgrade to the squad.
Such upgrade could very well be the Czech captain’s idol; which is Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Marco Reus. The German international could no doubt relish the opportunity of taking over where his idol stopped at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger though could have other ideas, as the two years contract handed to Tomas Rosicky last summer could be the club looking at a situation where he would spend ten years at Arsenal so that he would be entitled to a testimonial. It remains to be seen how his future pans out in the coming seasons with his history of injuries.