Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Rosicky's attitude -Wenger planning audacious move for Cech -Wilshere injury update

Morning Gooners.

A quick round-up from me today.

Tomas Rosicky has spoken of his desire to play more before the end of the season. The Czech international though says he respects Arsene Wenger's decision not to select him ahead of other players and won't  be making a fuss over his position on the bench.

He said:
"Naturally, I would like to play more often, that's for sure. I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly. 
"When the coach picks me, I go along with all the tactical tasks and I think I have nothing to be ashamed of. 
"It's the manager's team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance. 
"The team has had problems so there's no space or time to complain that someone is not playing. To me, personally, the most important thing is that the club which I love finishes in a position where we can compete in the Champions League."
I love Rosicky's attitude. I wish more players behaved in the same way. The majority of professional footballers want to play each week for their team. There are others who are quite happy to pick up their money and aren't too concerned if they play or not.

But Rosicky shines out. Even after being out of action for so long in his Arsenal career, the 32-year-old still has the hunger to play. But he won't bitch about others getting their chance ahead of him. I still think between now and the end of the season Tomas has a huge part to play in ensuring we finish in the top four. Last season he was a driving force in our run for the Champions League places. His goal in the 5-2 against Spurs was the catalyst for us believing we could do it.

And despite not making a start in the league this season, his experience will be invaluable for us.

Elsewhere, Wojciech Szczesny has stated he has no desire to leave the Gunners despite losing his place in the team to compatriot Lukasz Fabianski.

The Poland international said:
"I am too happy to go somewhere else. I believe in the philosophy of the club and that Arsenal will start to win again. 
"I have a debt to pay here for the club, I owe them. I just do not want to go anywhere else. 
"As long as they want me here, there is no 'somewhere else', and I have a contract until June 2015."
It wouldn't show the right attitude if at the first sign of trouble - him being dropped - Szczesny made noises about leaving. It's clear that he's not made the development this season that he and his coaches would have hoped he would. But young players all have their troubles at this age.

I still believe Szczesny has a future at Arsenal. I think he'll be our number one for most of his career. But he does need some good competition and I don't think the young keepers we have are pushing him hard enough.

The Daily Mail suggest that Petr Cech is being scouted as a possible target this summer. The one who wears a hat would certainly provide our keepers with some stiff competition but I don't believe that such an audacious transfer can be achieved. Chelsea wouldn't sell him to us. But it shows Arsene Wenger is looking hard to find the right player to give Szczesny some competition but also act as his mentor.

And finally the club has denied rumours that Jack Wilshere will face a further six weeks on the sidelines following an injury set back.

A club spokesman said:

"Nothing has changed in Jack's recovery, there’s no setback or further damage to his ankle and no concern about any long-term problems. 
"Jack was told to rest and we are still on course for him to resume training and be available for selection for the home game against Reading."
Which is good to hear. That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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