Tomas Rosicky has revealed he has Arsene Wenger’s blessing to play for the Czech Republic against Turkey in this week’s international friendly despite an understanding, agreed in the aftermath of Euro 2012, that he’d save himself for competitive fixtures given his poor injury record.
The 32-year-old midfielder has made only five appearances for the Gunners this season having undergone surgery on an Achilles problem picked up in Poland and Ukraine last summer.
However, when asked if he had permission from Arsene Wenger before travelling to Turkey, Rosicky told Czech press that the Frenchman was in favour of his participation.
“We talked about it with coach Wenger and he had nothing against me representing the [Czech Republic] team. Thus it was resolved.
“When I returned from the Euros injured he naturally wasn’t enthusiastic. It’s logical and I can understand that.
“We resolved that I would wouldn’t risk friendly matches and would play only [World Cup] qualifiers. Now that the Turkey game has come along we’ve agreed that I lack game time and need to play.”
Admitting that he could potentially extend his domestic career by quitting international football like some of his predecessors, Rosicky stressed that when fit he’d never turn down the chance to play for his country.
“I always like to represent [my country]. Once I arrive, I’m here. Why not to play, even when I can.”
In addition to Rosicky, Arsenal have 13 further players out on international duty this week; Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to showdown with Brazil at Wembley, while Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski go head-to-head with Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna as Germany take on France.
In Dublin Wojciech Szczesny will keep goal for Poland against Ireland, Aaron Ramsey is likely to feature for Wales against Austria and new boys Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla travel to Doha for Spain’s fixture with Uruguay. Having returned to North London from a spell on loan with Bolton, Benik Afobe will join up with England’s under-21sfor their game against Sweden.
Cheers to @RYO_cleverfish for the Rosicky link.