Woj-Czech: keeper loves Rosicky


Everyone at Arsenal seems to love Tomas Rosicky. Arsene Wenger declared his love for him a few short weeks ago, Robin van Persie was next on stage to big up the Little Mozart, and now Wojciech Szczesny has given his two cents on a man many had given up on.

His litany of injury problems and two years without a league goal hardly augured well for his future but his displays in recent weeks have hinted at something of a renaissance, the Rosicky of the last few weeks has been the Rosicky of old (perhaps as old as Dortmund, but still).

“He has been fantastic for the last few weeks now, scored a great goal against T*ttenham and was my man of the match in that game,” said Szczesny.

“He was great again here and hopefully he can keep going because when he plays like that he is a fantastic player.

“He can take people on in the middle of the park too. I think we dominated the midfield in the first half and he made the difference. He is fantastic.”

In a profile piece on The Guardian, Amy Lawrence quotes Cesc Fabregas, one of Rosicky’s best mates while he was at the club, speaking about injury problems.

“I have spent a lot of time with him and I know how he feels,” said the former captain. “I know what he wants and I have never seen a guy being so committed, so professional and never giving up. If this happened to me I probably wouldn’t want to talk to anyone, I would be always down and angry.

“But he’s unbelievable. He’s the type of player you enjoy playing alongside and as a guy he’s amazing. He has been through a lot. I told him to be strong and to keep believing in himself and that he could play football again.”

Rosicky’s injury was so rare that it is now the subject of case studies. Basically a tendon lifted away and then sat back down in exactly the same place, so on scans etc it looked as if everything was normal. He’d try to play, he’d have pain, play, pain, vicious circle, until he was opened up again and they realised what had happened.

At 31 he has probably been robbed of the very best years of his career, but having spent so much time out perhaps he’s got a bit more left in the tank than others of the same age.

With a crucial league run-in to come over the next couple of months let’s hope he can stay fit and this old-style Rosicky continues to contribute.


  1. Very interesting – I never knew that about his injury. Let’s drink to whatever House MD figured that one out.

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  2. Even though he scorched the US in that ’06 WC game, Rosicky quickly became one of my favorite players. Hopefully, the injury bug is behind him, as well as the inconsistent performances. If he can play at this level for a couple more seasons, I’ll be more than thrilled for him.

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  3. He is one of my favourite players. Such a shame that it missed those so-called ‘peak’ years. Hopefully he’s got 2-3 more years in those legs and he can help Ramsey, Wilshere and Ozyakup develop.

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  4. I guess his best partnership came with hleb. They both use to combine so well with eachother if one misses out the other had a off day. But they really were good together , remember his goal against liverpool when hleb played him and he took shot with his first touch and ball loft pass reina.
    I like his clever turns .

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    • I’ll never forget that game. I do have to say though that his return is the epitome of LANS. He truly deserves a good season and it’s coming good for him. I want to see many more tremendous seasons for Rosicky whether it’s with Arsenal or not. He is a true professional.

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  5. Would like to see him stick around.

    Hopefully lessons have been learned that whilst we always seem to have good youngsters coming through, they do need that bit of experience to look to when the shit’s flying about on occasion.

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  6. Tomas Rosicky had been my favorite player since that goal against USA ’06. However Hamburg and Anfield only made him more loved. I loved him throughout his torrid injury and knew he would come out stronger. So happy to see him finally get the credit he deserves. He’s a true champion and my favorite player by far.

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  7. Like someone said above, if he continues how he is he is certainly lans. This is a guy with the talent to start in our midfield for a few more years yet and I will be thrilled if he can. By then Ramsey will have a lot more experience under his belt.

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  8. Jack, Ramsey, Ox and Ryo will learn from Little Mozart on and off the pitch. I have yet to hear one say a bad word about our Little Mozart, I love his fighting spirit and his captain material, just look at his nice gesture to RVP after he missed that chance.

    We have a lot of young players and they need an old head with experience and class like him in the dressing room to look up to. Give him two or three years contract as he missed a lot of football through injury, he could go on for another 3/4 years with no problem.

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  9. Wow, I had no idea about the circumstances surrounding his injury. Puts his whole career in a new perspective for me. Imagine the struggle he must have gone through, fuck me. Well done Arseblog for providing depth. Perhaps it was common knowledge, but I’ve never heard of it.

    He’s definitely a keeper if he can stay fit. He’s first XI material at Arsenal right now but will eventually be replaced by Ramsey, though i certainly wouldn’t mind signing him up on a long-term deal. Look around at other top clubs in Europe and you see that they’ve got older guys performing at a high level: Seedorf (among others) at Milan, Giggs and Scholes for Utd, Javier Zanetti at Inter, Pirlo at Juve. We’ve even had one of our own ‘old boys’ this season in Henry and he did pretty well. If Tomas can stay fit and continue to apply himself as well as he’s been doing in future, both in training and matches, I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t keep him around. He’s a class player when he’s fit and in form, as we’ve all seen, and he seems to be well liked by everyone at the club. I think it might be time to change our policy regarding older players, why not keep them around (only the good ones though, no Squillaci’s please!) and use them to build strong foundations for future Arsenal generations. Ok, so maybe they have to learn to be more like squad players than the stars they once were, but if they can accept that then you’d always have reliable cover for injuries. And besides, who would you rather have to throw on in a CL-semi when you need to maintain a narrow lead: the reliable veteran, or the potentially good but unproven youngster? Of course I love the youth-policy at Arsenal, and it is something I take pride in as a gooner that we’re not afraid to give youth a chance, but I also see no reason why we should limit or restrict ourselves. Let’s mix it up.

    Anyhoo, I’m rambling. A mix of Arsenal nerdiness and a balmy state of mind tends to make me do that.

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    • “Imagine the struggle he must have gone through…”

      Well, when he came back I saw an article in which his agent was quoted as saying that he’d given up on Tomas and believed his career was over.

      Apparently the only thing that kept Roz in the game was that Arsene told him that as long as he was prepared to stick with it, he was happy to stick with him.

      I expect him to stick around until Le Boss decides it’s time to let him go. He comes across as someone who knows very well that every cent he’s earned and every minute he’s played since the start of his long injury period he owes to us.

      Personally I don’t care how many goals he gets or doesn’t, each one is icing on an already very impressive cake in my book. I have a lot of time for anyone who’ll work his socks off for the full 90 like he does. Every squad needs at least one reliable workhorse in the midfield engine room.

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  10. Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
    Sing us a song tonight
    Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody
    And you’ve got us feel alright…

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  11. i remember when we all expected Tom to unleash some 40 yard blockbuster screamers that leave the keeper flailing at thin air. Then I saw Tom stroking the ball round effortlessly and accurately with the outside of his foot. Then we didnt see him at all 🙁 but now we see Tom powering through midfield, turning and passing under pressure, taking control, taking responsibility in the middle, trying to make things happen and most importantly, playing his heart out.

    i’m not going to go into comparing Rosicky to Ramsey but i know who I would have on my starting XI right now. (not Hleb)

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  12. Largely off-topic, but has anyone seen the schooling Bilbao are giving Utd at the moment in that Thursday kickabout thingy?

    I´d like to think Arsene is there scouting some of their players. The Basques are a tough breed that tarvel better than your average Andalucian (i.e. Reyes)…

    As I type, they´ve just gone 2-1 up…

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  13. Yeah, Bilbao are destroying Utd as I type, delicious to watch. They’re lucky not to be 3 or 4 nil down, but I always say that about the scum from Salford.

    And Graham Taylor is ridiculous. Absolute cunt, he may as well get down on his knees and suck ol’ Red Nose’s shrivelled cock for all it is worth. “Do I not like that” indeed.

    Back to topic, I’m seeing rumours that he’s looking to resign a new contract. Funny that, I’ll be the first to admit that at the start of the season I’d have shrugged and happily waved him goodbye, but now I think he could really do a job for us. Glad to have him back, and his experience is truly shining through. Would be amazing to have him at full potential for us for a few years.

    Incidentally, if we keep Tomas, why do we need any new midfielders? I hear people talking about Gotze, Hazard, M’Vila, and while they’re all fantastic (apart from maybe Hazard’s reported attitude problem) I don’t think we need any more in midfield. We’ve got – Wilshere, Ramsey, Diaby, Arteta, Song and Frimpong as centre midfielders, alongside Rosicky of course. The Ox, Gervinho, Walcott, the Coq (who can play centre too), Myachi… we’ve got good wingers as well. We need an attacking force, not more midfielders.

    Anyway. Game’s just over, and I fucking wanted to punch the TV when the commentators screamed in delight that Utd got a penalty. Fucking biased bastards. Still, Utd lost, and I need to go change my pants.

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    • I almost disagreed with you on the midfield but then I thought about it and you’re right.

      In fact next season with the ‘Return of the Jack’ things are looking positively bloody brilliant in midfield.

      Defensively I think we’ll be a lot more solid as Per will have bedded in properly and hopefully we won’t have 3/4 of them injured every ten minutes.

      And if we get Podolski (and keep VP) we have Campbell also on his way back.

      In fact bloody hell, I’m feeling positively chipper about next season!!

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  14. There is no reason why Rosicky can’t play at the top level for years to come. He can have a massive contribution to this club, his pace and acceleration at 31 is phenominal, although i think he uses his inteligence to make it seem like he’s alot faster than he is which ables him to beat that first man.

    Sign the guy up, we need a veteran midfielder to stay with us for many years and retire at the club. Rosicky is that man.

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    • also i dont think i’ve ever seen anyone like Rosicky who actually has a left foot, attached firmly to the outside of his right foot. He can get more curve on a cross with the outside of his right than most natural left footers can with their good foot.

      I saw an interview with Rosicky almost 3 years ago and at the end all he said was “i just want to play football……”
      Have had a soft spot for the guy ever since.

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      • Just seen the picture on Arsenal.com wIth title Few can cope when we are
        on form.
        Everyone going mental after a goal…….except Park.He is just sitting and thinking
        why am I here,what’s the point

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  15. Always rated Rosicky, glad he is getting back to his best, don’t believe the doubters! He was good, got injured and slowly got back to his best.

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