Yesterday’s game gave Arsenal fans and the world an indication of what Arshavin and Rosicky playing in tandem can do.
Both players are skilful, have plenty of tricks, great vision, an array of passing, are always on the move and can shoot. It is a luxury to have one player like that, but to be fortunate to have two is amazing. Playing against them is a nightmare; you never know what they will do next.
We now realise what the missing link is for Arsenal, and that was Rosicky. He is not yet 100%, but he is awesome. Last night they ran the show; they moved all over the place and made the defenders job impossible.
With Rosicky in the team it alleviates the pressure on Fabregas to create everything. The pressure is shared and we will see a different Fabregas, a player can play his natural game, as opposed to a player who has to do everything for the team.
Arshavin and Rosicky are both goal scorers and they also like playing in more advanced position; this gives the manager the proverbial “different dimension.
Rosicky and Arshavin have set the standard for Nasri and Walcott. Walcott knows that it is not enough just to have raw pace, he needs to add passing and creativity to his game. Walcott needs to be more clinical in front of goal.
Nasri has all the characteristics that Rosicky and Arshavin have displayed. This leaves Wenger with a nice little problem once Walcott and Nasri are back, but that is what he is paid to do.
Arsenal most important newcomers this summer will not a new centre half nor will it be a rugged no nonsense midfielder. The most important players in our pre-season will be Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo.
Never in football injuries has a hamstring injury taken so long to be sorted out.
When we lost Rosicky we were riding high in the Premier League, he was scoring and creating goals for us. Tomas gave us attacking options on one flank whilst Hleb did the same on the other flank. His injury knocked us back, nobody can say how much it hurt us, but with such a small squad it was an injury that we were unable to cope with.
After much anguish, Tomas is back in full training with the first team, the next few weeks will be important for the Czech playmaker to ensure he has not further setbacks.
Our other long-term absentee made an emotional return to the first team in February, nearly a season after his horrific leg break. The return was almost too good to be true; he scored twice, but was soon out with a groin injury. This was the story of Arsenal’s number 9 comeback. Plays a game and then is out for tow or three weeks.
Once again, Eduardo’s injury last season came just as he was finding his feet in the Premier League and scoring. Coming so soon after Tomas’s injury, Eduardo’s injury was a devastating blow to our title hopes last season.
Eduardo is further down the recovery road than Rosicky, but he needs to take things easy and ensure he returns for pre-season ready and raring to go.
These are two vital players for our quest for glory. Rosicky will provide goals and creativity on one flank whilst Eduardo is one of the deadliest strikers in the league.
The Arsenal medical staff need to work around the clock to ensure that these two players return in July ready for a full season and will not break down every other game. Rosicky and Eduardo will be vital to Arsenal’s 2009/10 campaign, we need both of them.