Updates from Friday, Jan. 31
Arsenal's official Twitter feed noted:
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 30
Arsenal.com's Staff provides a statement from Arsene Wenger discussing Tomas Rosicky's injury status:
We could have Rosicky back again for Sunday. He had problems after surgery on his nose.
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 23
Tomas Rosicky will play no part when Arsenal take on Coventry in the FA Cup fourth round.
Arsene Wenger revealed, via the club's official Twitter account:
Updates from Friday, Jan. 17
Arsene Wenger expects Tomas Rosicky to be fit for the weekend visit of Fulham.
Arsenal's official Twitter account noted:
TEAM NEWS: "Monreal and Rosicky will have a test in training today, we think that both of them will be alright" #AFCvFFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 17, 2014
The Mirror's John Cross adds:
Wenger says Rosicky and Monreal should be fit vs Fulham. "Rosicky may have to wear a mask, he will train in it today."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 17, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Jan. 16
Arsenal.com's Staff provides a synopsis of manager Arsene Wenger discussing Tomas Rosicky's injury status:
Rosicky had surgery with a general anesthetic for a broken nose in two places. With a mask he may be available, but we have to monitor it closely.
Arsenal won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud, but Rosicky had to be withdrawn prior to the full-time whistle due to a stray elbow from Gabriel Agbonlahor.
The Gunners’ official Twitter feed noted the injury:
There's a stoppage as Rosicky receives treatment for an injury. Villa are throwing more men forward now in search of a leveller 2-1 (80)— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 13, 2014
Given the nature of the incident—namely a dangerous elbow—it would be forgivable for Wenger to be seeking retroactive action against Agbonlahor.
However, the Frenchman revealed the view of the Arsenal camp, which is that they aren't sure if Agbonlahor’s part in the injury was not malicious, despite saying of Rosicky’s nose: “We don’t know if it’s broken.”
Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail provides additional quotes:
Honestly I didn't see the elbow, I have to watch it again. He [Tomas Rosicky] told me that he got the elbow but he himself doesn't know if he did it on purpose. He doesn't know.
The loss of Rosicky would be a blow to Arsenal, purely due to the excellent form of the player. The Czech midfielder recently starred in the FA Cup third-round win over Tottenham, scoring the clinching goal to cap a superb display.
A positive for Arsenal is their favourable run of forthcoming fixtures, which sees them host Fulham before welcoming Coventry to Emirates Stadium in the cup. Both games are highly winnable even without Rosicky.
Was Agbonlahor at fault?
Wenger will also know that he has several options who can step in for the veteran midfielder. The middle of the park is the strongest area of Arsenal’s squad, and the loss of Rosicky will not be felt as strongly as it would if Giroud were injured.
The Gunners have Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey all vying for central roles, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla can also move inside.
Nevertheless, few of them travel with the ball as fluently as Rosicky, so the onus will be on the likes of Wilshere to ensure impetus is given to the Arsenal attack in his teammate’s potential absence.