Rosicky Risk With Diaby For DM
The news that Tomas Rosicky has signed a new contract with the club is significant for both parties. For the player, it is re-affirmation of his manager’s faith in his abilities. For Arsenal, it represents a huge risk. With the Czech international dogged by injury following his substantial lay-off, repeated failures to recover fully leave the possibility that he could be an expensive medical patient to have. That is the extreme scenario and one that a player of his gifted talent should not be exposed to.
Rosicky is a match-winner, exquisite touch complimenting outstanding vision, allied to an ability to score as well as create. If the squad is to win silverware this season, Rosicky could turn out to be the difference between finishing as an also-ran or winner.
William Gallas is the only other experienced player out of contract this summer whom Wenger should retain. The Frenchman, like Rosicky, is an experienced international who has won medals. His rehabilitation in the eyes of Arsenal supporters following the unpleasantness last season is almost complete, most recognising that his form this season suggests that he was not the weak link in central defence last time around. The club are apparently in negotiations with the player and his representatives, signing this off will be as useful as a new acquisition in the summer.
Ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Bolton, the injury news was mixed. Denilson seems to be on course for a return to the side, more tests today on his injured back, whilst Rosicky is apparently back in training following a minor groin problem. Should the Brazilian recover, it will stop the speculation for 90 minutes about which of the midfield is going to replace Alex Song in his absence.
Whether there is a direct replacement is open to question. Wenger observed last week that finding a ‘new balance‘ will be required in Song’s absence. Abou Diaby put the team ahead of his natural game, willing to curb his natural attacking instincts if his manager requires.
Had the ACN been last season, Samir Nasri may have been the one to drop back but like Diaby, he is essentially an attacking player. Denilson seems to be the one that is mentioned to play deeper and this was the position he originally played. However, it seems more reasonable that two of the midfield trio will have to replace Song, allowing Cesc or currently Ramsey, to prompt and probe whilst they rotate the defensive duties.
Cesc, it seems, will not make the Everton match in ten days time. The original return date was mentioned by Wenger as the optimistic option; the realistic one is now the return fixture at The Reebok, possibly it will come at Stoke in the FA Cup. Wenger is apparently unhappy that ITV want to show the match live and have moved the tie to the Sunday, Champions League resumption being on the Wednesday following that.
On this occasion, I do not see why the manager is complaining since he would have pretty much been sure of the switch the minute the draw was made given the paucity of ‘attractive’ ties for the TV companies to choose from. English football pushes players hard and the logical solution is to cut the Premier League to 18 clubs. Bolton suggested that this could be done through the creation of a Premier League Division 2, sixteen Championship sides benefitting from the strugglers not willing to be the turkeys that voted for Christmas.
The squad system is there for this reason. Arsene has assembled a group of players who can carry the club through the current injury ‘crisis’, a situation which seems to be heading towards a conclusion, with Nicklas Bendtner returning to training. It might be that Wenger’s ambiguity when talking of the transfer window switches to affirmative action if he is genuinely concerned of the strains being placed on the players. If he chooses not to, I think this can be put down to him needed to have a moan about something!
Posted on January 5, 2010, in Arsenal, FA Cup, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, FA Cup, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Tomas Rosicky. Bookmark the permalink. 218 Comments.