Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky scores past Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone in their English Premier League game, 22 February. Reuters
Tomas Rosicky, in the 4-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday, was his usual, energy-filled, always moving forward, effective best. While the Czech Republic midfielder might not always find his name on the teamsheet, Arsene Wenger has little doubts about the importance that the playmaker holds in this Arsenal side, and therefore is "adamant" about keeping him at the Emirates next season.
Rosicky's current contract expires in the summer, with the midfielder linked with moves to Germany and his homeland, but Wenger is confident the 33-year-old, who has unfortunately seen a lot of his Arsenal career hampered by injuries, will extend his stay with the English Premier League club.
"Tomas Rosicky will stay," Wenger said. "We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon. I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club."
Rosicky scored the third of Arsenal's four goals in the victory over Sunderland, and the midfielder's strike was perhaps the pick of the lot, with one-touch passing and movement holding sway as the home side scored the goal the Arsenal way.
"When he arrived [in 2006 from Borussia Dortmund], he was less a tactical player and more the Mozart from Prague," Wenger added. "He was purely a creative, offensive player. But today, he is a real organiser as well. He gives a real structure to the team.
"He is one of the players who plays the game of give-and-move and he is a great accelerator of the game. He always makes things happen, not with individual dribbling but with individual acceleration of his passing and his runs. His goal was one of the top goals we have scored."
Rosicky has the ability to make things happen, a quality necessary in an Arsenal side that can be particularly passive at times. With the title run-in looking like being one of the most exciting and closest ones in recent memory, with four teams well within a shot, Rosicky's experience, fight and ridiculous talents could just turn out to be the difference-maker.
Wenger was also all praise for another one of the unheralded Arsenal midfielder, with Mikel Arteta showing just how good he is in the deep midfield role in the easy win over Sunderland.
"He is an extremely intelligent player, focused and committed," the Frenchman said. "These three qualities together make him an exceptional player and he understands everything that is going on on the pitch.
"I agree that sometimes his performances are not [highlighted], but we notice them."
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