Last week amongst all the Arshavin news, Arsene Wenger announced that we will not be seeing Rosicky in an Arsenal shirt this season.
This is very sad and disappointing news for all Arsenal fans. Rosicky joined us as a replacement for Pires who was a goal scoring and goal-creating midfielder. Our first glimpse of Tomas was as a Czech player when he scored a cracking goal in the World Cup finals.
Rosicky was and hopefully still is a great midfielder, he provided us with goals and creativity just as Robert Pires did. Then an innocuous challenge and injury against Newcastle saw him come off with a hamstring. But this was no ordinary hamstring; a tendon was torn inside the hamstring.
The medical staff indicated September return; this gave optimism for Wenger who do not recruit a replacement. September became October, then February. He returned in March with a view to playing for the reserves in April and giving Arsene the option to play him in May. This has now gone by the wayside.
Rosicky needs to spend the summer months with the Arsenal physio and fitness team, they need to work tirelessly to get him ready for pre-season. The medical team needs to be in a position to deliver him to Arsene in July, failing that Arsenal need to face the truth that Tomas may never play football again. If this is the case then Arsenal need to recruit a replacement and not fall into the same trap that we did last summer. Rosicky’s injury reminds me of another overseas player that came to Arsenal in the 1980s and was a revelation, Siggi Jonsson who spent nearly three years at Highbury before retiring injured. I hope the same fete does not await Tomas.