Tomas Rosicky’s return from injury last Saturday was greeted with huge cheers from the Emirates crowd – as were his first touches of the ball.
Unfortunately, the Czech international felt his thigh strain after just a few minutes on the pitch, and the latest setback could see him spend at least a month on the sidelines.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that the 35 year old has been rocked by yet another injury problem, and coming in the twilight of his Arsenal career, it may affect his chances of playing for the club again.
“I told him straight away after half-time to warm up,” said Wenger. “I observed him, he’s very conscientious Tomas, he did sprint and sprint, and sprint. He comes on; after three minutes he got the injury.
“I looked at him and thought: ‘Tomas you do not run properly’ because he didn’t lift his legs and he lost some balls. I was amazed because he is at the top level technically. He told me after the game that he did it straight away.
“He said ‘I stayed on because you couldn’t change anymore’.”
With Arsenal leading 2-1, Rosicky entered the fray in the 71st minute, and Wenger made his final change, Theo Walcott for Alexis in the 78th, so it must have happened just before that. The Arsenal manager outlined the effects on Rosicky, who was making his first appearance for the club since the 0-0 draw with Sunderland last May.
“He warmed up well, for 20 minutes. He’s devastated. Unbelievable. He’s such a good player but his career has been disrupted by so many injuries. He’s 35, it’s difficult for him.
“Let’s hope we have good news, that it is not as bad as feared.”
Let’s keep fingers crossed, he deserves more than to have his career fizzle out like this.