Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Don't Need Unhappy Tomas Rosicky

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 4, 2014

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, raises his arms after scoring against Sunderland, during their English Premier League soccer match, at the Emirates Stadium, in London, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)
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Tomas Rosicky is reportedly already considering whether his future should play out with Arsenal or not, and the Gunners should think about cutting ties with the Czech Republic international.

As reported by Metro's Jamie Sanderson, Rosicky told CTK he is disappointed with a lack of playing time and that he will have to see how the next few months evolve before making a decision regarding his future:

I’m naturally disappointed not to have been given a chance. We will see what the situation looks like in the coming weeks and months [before deciding to leave].

The lack of match practice has been absolutely terrible and, naturally, it makes me very sorry that I haven’t been given a chance yet.

We’ve not been playing well and I think I could have helped, but I’ve not been given a chance.

The 33-year-old's frustrations are understandable: Arsenal haven't played well early in the 2014-15 season, and as a player you always believe you can help. A lack of chances could point to a lack of trust, or just a manager believing there are a number of better options than you.

Rosicky is a popular figure on north London, thanks to his great work ethic and a never-say-die attitude. He's a useful squad player who has proven his worth time and time again, replacing injured stars late in the season.

The Czech wants more minutes, but he likely won't find them with the Gunners. As versatile as he may be, his favoured positions happen to be in the places where Arsenal possess a wealth of young talent. As a winger and attacking midfielder, there's just too much competition for him to face.

Rosicky is a flash player, who has made his mark on the club with several sensational performances since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2006. With Die Schwarzgelben, he was widely regarded as one of the top midfielders in the world, becoming one of the hottest names in the transfer market.

As good as he may have been for the Gunners since joining, it's hard to make the case he ever lived up to the expectations. Rosicky was good for Arsenal, but never great. And now, at the age of 33, he's a serviceable option capable of contributing, and little more.

He lacks the consistency to make an impact as a starter week in and week out, and thanks to his phenomenal mentality and work ethic, it's likely the status of bench player that feeds his strong performances when he's called upon.

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In a perfect world, Rosicky would remain a member of the Gunners until his body starts to decline. But this is not a perfect world, and if he truly wants to be a starter and is unhappy at the club, Arsene Wenger shouldn't move heaven and earth to accommodate him in the squad.

There's too much young talent whose development could be hindered by sacrificing their minutes in favour of Rosicky. The Czech international was a phenomenal player, but Joel Campbell is the future of the club—he needs to receive consistent playing time more than Rosicky does.

He signed a new deal with the club in April, and given his track record and abilities, there will likely be a long list of clubs interested in his services. If Rosicky has to move on, he might as well do it now, while his value on the market is still high.

Rosicky's not 27 anymore—he's 33. If he's truly desperate for more playing time and this situation develops, perhaps a split is in the best interest of both parties. He's been a great soldier for the Gunners, but like everything else in this world, his time with Arsenal must come to an end one day.