Can Rosicky Meet The Demands Of Club & Country?
So the injuries have struck, some short term, one long term. Tomas Rosicky must be wondering who cursed him, returning from 18 months out to find himself out once more. For his absence, Wenger has held his hands up, admitting that he was in two minds about whether or not to include him having played the Czech on Wednesday.
There is no guarantee that Rosicky would not have been struck down had he not played on Saturday but perhaps the chances would have been lessened had he been omitted. It is not as if Arsene doesn’t have options although his selection was understandable in that he desperately wanted to beat Stoke to get the season back on track. Perhaps he felt that Walcott being out for a short spell limited him, natural width missing, especially since Arshavin had to move inside to accommodate the late withdrawal of Eduardo.
Both Rosicky and Eduardo find their fitness questioned, whether or not they will be able to cope with the rigours of the Premier and Champions Leagues, in addition to international demands. It is perhaps more directed at Rosicky since Eduardo’s long term injury was as a result of a broken bone rather than being muscular. I can understand why Rosicky wants to represent his country and in returning from the lengthy spell on the sidelines, playing internationally helped bring along his match fitness.
However, he is fast approaching the wrong side of 30 years of age. English football is becoming more demanding, particularly since Arsenal has evolved its formation to 4-3-3, requiring harder work from midfielders and attackers, chasing back as well as springing forwards on counter-attacks. Perhaps the summer, missing the World Cup will give Tomas time to reflect that his international career might be better sacrificed in order to extend the time at his club.
The silly season is soon to be upon us, January approaches and a media frenzy over the transfer window. Dzeko is apparently too expensive one morning, only £15m the next. The truth? No-one knows, probably not even his current employers, until the waters are tested. Perhaps Arsenal has already dipped their toes in that pond, finding it too hot to contemplate diving in completely. No doubt the hardy perennials of Toure, Henry and Vieira will arrive and be dismissed by Wenger as not interested and / or too old. Shout out if you Cana or leave your Chamakh here.
Still there is the small matter of Olympiacos and Liverpool this coming weekend to focus our minds on. ’til Tomorrow.
Posted on December 7, 2009, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Tomas Rosicky. Bookmark the permalink. 354 Comments.