Rosicky Is Going To Fight But Shay Is No Longer A Given
An unexpected sojourn to Amsterdam precluded a post yesterday so apologies for that. International week is in full flow and as per usual there is an injury scare with Jack Wilshere pulling out of the England squad before a ball has been kicked in anger. The midfielder is concerned about the knack putting him out of this weekend’s derby against Spurs; I would have thought he would be more concerned about Arsene’s comments post-Everton that Wilshere looked tired, seemingly more of a threat to his place in the side than anything else.
His replacement in the side is chomping at the bit. Tomas Rosicky has been chatting to his native Czech media, iDnes.cz, not happy about being in and out of the side but having been around the block enough times to know he has to up his game to become an automatic first choice,
I would like to play more. I could imagine playing more even though I have been involved in a lot of fixtures. At the moment I am in the starting XI, then I come on as a substitute and then again in the starting line-up. I want to play in the big games because in those games I have only come on as a sub.
Unfortunately TR7’s have a bad reputation, a clapped out pile of junk from Triumph. Rosicky suffered similar faults not so long ago but seems to be a lovingly restored classic these days. His recent performances have been good and whilst the penalty at Sunderland is best forgotten, there is a glimpse of what has been missed.
Rosicky believes that his goalscoring record hampers him though,
I must be realistic because the players I replace score goals. I have not scored in four months, so I can’t be that surprised. At the moment I am half-satisfied. My performances are okay and I am healthy, but the goals worry me. I have a bad record.
I wonder though if he is over-egging this aspect. Perhaps more of an issue is whether Arsene truly trusts the Czech international’s fitness levels yet. Combined with the emergence of Wilshere and the natural talents of Nasri, Walcott and Arshavin, Rosicky is in a bunfight for the attacking midfield places and he knows it. Reassuringly from some perspectives is his refusal to jump on the bandwagon which is rolling football generally, demanding to play or be transferred.
Rosicky in this, as well as other aspects, is a role model for young professionals. At the other end of the spectrum is the constantly-linked-with-a-move-to-Arsenal, Shay Given, telling the world that he is not coping with being second fiddle to Joe Hart and he will be moving in the January transfer window. Speculation is that he will be bound for Old Trafford or The Emirates. Is it that clear cut or has the London-bound ship already sailed, in much the same way that it apparently has for Schwarzer? Lukasz Fabianski has made a concerted effort to seal the position of Number One whilst Manuel Almunia is by no means finished at the club – unless of course the form of the Poles dictate otherwise.
Elsewhere Bayern Munich are hopeful of snagging an unhappy Bendtner – presumably on the cheap – whilst Robert Pires is going to thank Arsene for getting him fit for the Premier League by joining Aston Villa in time to make his home debut against Arsenal in a couple of weeks.
Quiet times generally signal no news and as long as there is no more injury news, then that is good. ’til Tomorrow.
Posted on November 17, 2010, in Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Premiership, Soccer, Transfer Gossip and tagged Arsenal, Football, Premier League, Soccer, Transfer Gossip. Bookmark the permalink. 166 Comments.