So I pose this question. Should we gamble on Rosicky?
This is my first article/post, and this question hits directly to the core of Arsenal's philosophy of nurturing youth as supposed to big money buys.
Tomas was brought into an already youthful squad. 90% of the players currently with us were part of the first team squad when he initially transferred from Borussia Dortmund. He has been one of the few experienced worldclass players brought to Arsenal that wasn't home bread in part.
Personally, I think the original gamble has already bared fruit as he was a crucial part of Arsenal's phenomenal 07-08 season. However, for the price tag of a reported 10 million pounds, a year and a half of service doesn't quite come close to repaying that fee. A dedicated servant or not, he currently is worth nothing, as uncertainty still looms large over multiple aspects of his career.
To his credit, his contribution has been enormous. He was the main reason for Clichy's ease into the first team squad after Cashley Cole's departure. As his defensive abilities and positional play helped to cover up a lot of the early flaws shown by Clichy's early defensive immaturity.
He also formed an almost telepathic understanding with multiple parts of the midfield, which consisted of Fabregas, Flamini, and Hleb—not to mention his ability to combine with and feed any forward or striker he is asked to, without room for any adjustments.
A true modern day midfield maestro.
I can't blame Arsene for taking his approach of youth, as to some extent, most of his investment in age and experience have not proved themselves to be worth the money. Rosicky follows a list of big money experienced stars to have failed repay our investments in them.
These include the likes of Wiltord, Kanu, Overmars, Edu, Silvinho, Reyes, and these are only a few of the most recent. For all the potential Rosicky has presented the club, his year and a half of active service has been plagued with injury, with him missing a game or two every month on average, due to his reportedly unique thigh muscle problem which has been the source of his pragmatic hamstring injuries.
It has to be said though, that at the point in the season of 07-08 when he was needed the most, was the point in time when his injury bug took a turn for the worst. Though no fault of his own, I'm sure he had to have felt the guilt, of the misfortune most fans felt after watching our perfect season disappear.
So now that he has done the work required to put himself back into pole position of competing for a start come July. It is now time for us, the fans, to do our job as club loyalists and weigh the pros and cons of his future involvement in the team.
Just how much creativity is left in the Mozart?
And at the cost of which other player does he regain his spot?