Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Right to Retain Tomas Rosicky's Services

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal celebrates victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on December 29, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's success this season has been one of numerous surprise revelations to emit from the 2013-14 Premier League campaign, and yet not much has changed in north London to bring that surge about.

In fact, it's some of the club's more recognised faces—the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny—who have stepped up their game tremendously when called upon.

And it's only right that one adds Tomas Rosicky to that list, a man who hasn't always found himself in the Emirates Stadium spotlight, but has been reliable throughout his stay, and now looks likely to get a new deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal looks on at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on December 8, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Speaking prior to Arsenal's trip to Aston Villa on Monday, Wenger spoke of his belief in the 33-year-old's talents, saying that he'll be an Arsenal player past this summer's transfer window, per Sky Sports:

Tomas Rosicky will stay here at the end of the season. He is a marvellous player and contributes well to the team. He is certainly a typical Arsenal player in the way that he is mobile, technically sound and team-orientated. So he is a fantastic football player.

The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker has been plagued by injury during his time at Arsenal, and has so far failed to make 30 or more Premier League appearances in a single season, despite having tried on seven occasions.

The worst instance of this absence came in the 2008-09 campaign, all of which the player missed thanks to a severe knee injury.

However, this season has proven that the Czech international still holds value at one of Europe's elite institutions, albeit one that may not always see him at the forefront of the action.

Transfermarkt show that Rosicky has featured for the Gunners on 20 occasions across all competitions this term, scoring just one goal and making just one assist.

But for all the glamour and glitz that the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott might bring to Wenger's creative ranks, Rosicky sits as some of the substance behind the sizzle.

The Mirror's John Cross has voiced his support of Rosicky signing a new deal:

Even at his ripe age of 33, the midfielder is reported by Squawka to have created 16 scoring opportunities in his 12 league outings this term, an average of more than one key pass per game.

What's more, the veteran has succeeded with 12 of his 15 attempted dribbles, a particularly enamouring factor when one considers that it's behind the forward line, pulling the strings of the attack, in which Rosicky likes to reside.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Given his advanced years, Rosicky won't be demanding a starting spot wherever he may play next season, but having now found a groove at Arsenal and in the system that Wenger promotes, it seems more and more sensible that the puppeteer should remain.

Wenger will need his depth in ranks, after all, if his side are to maintain their race toward ending a nine-year drought on silverware, with Rosicky's potential contract renewal looking like a savvy investment.

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