Rosicky: I have international blessing from Wenger


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.


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  1. He needs to play. I’d love to see more of him this season. He’s definitely one of our better options on the bench and always gives his all.

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  2. I hate internationals. These have been bad as far as arsenal is considered. And what is worse, no tv coverage in my country. Fuck em

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  3. I’m most concerned with Theo, Jack and Giroud as they all may play a full game tomorrow. The others are mostly squad members although may get on at some stage. Think it’s good for Rosicky to play. We can’t wrap him up in cotton wool, then expect him to be match fit when needed.
    I’m worried that one of our strikers gets crocked (anyone else think Giroud moves like he’s got a bad back already?) then we are stuck with Gervinho for the crucial games ahead.

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    • Wasn’t Rosicky captain of the Czech team at the Euros? Would be odd if he didn’t full game. Anyway, hope he returns younger. Man must be glad Michael Jackson is dead.

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  4. I think Arsene is too reasonable with international fixtures. He needs to ‘play the game’ like ferguson does. All that happens is he lets his players go and the international manager abuses the situation, plays him for 90 mins and dents him home injured. I pray for the day when international fixtures are played in one batch in the summer.

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  5. Abou has he fexcused him self not to present the blues this week? Its good for us so that he cant incure injury while we need him on Tottenham derby. Physical and strong Abou, accuracy of passes to come up.

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  6. I’m surprised Wenger didn’t gnaw his arm off for the opportunity.
    Just back from injury and needs game time. Either he comes back having played, fit and raring to go for us, or the Czech manager gets the arseache of an enforced substitution in a match we don’t give a stuff about.

    Sounds like a no lose deal to me.

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    • Exactly. Rosicky has looked sharp when he’s actually been played. This is obviously an opportunity to get some minutes without risking three points and most of all: You don’t buy players to not play them (FFS!).

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  7. Rosicky and Diaby…great players on their day but they are one of the reasons Arsenal are struggling this season and last. Wenger has made a mistake hoping these guys would stay fit when he should have let them go and bought two quality replacements.

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