Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky could potentially be open to a summer move away from the Emirates after the Czech international admitted to nearly leaving the Gunners in past transfer windows.
A hugely talented player, the 34-year-old Rosicky has been plagued by numerous injuries in his nine years with the Gunners, and he has made just five league starts this season, per WhoScored.com.
This lack of playing time is clearly an issue for Rosicky, and he has conceded in an interview with iSport (h/t Squawka's Ryan Hill) that he has previously had discussions about moving on from Arsenal:
We’ve talked about it in September, October. Then the transfer market was closed, so I couldn’t do anything. When in December I had not played a single game and the market then opens (he did start and score against QPR on December 26th), it’s obviously a very real issue. Then you start to think about whether or not it is time to leave. I was no exception, it was very real. But Arsenal said that I wasn’t for sale and that was it. The rest of the season will go very fast, then we’ll work it out. Arsenal has another option on me next season, they have everything in their hands. When I get back from the national team, we’ll begin to deal with it.
Clearly thoughts of exiting North London have not been completely quashed for Rosicky, and with retirement surely beckoning, he could well look for a new challenge in the summer.
His contract at the Emirates runs until 2016, but it is likely he would be allowed to depart should he request a move away from Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger is likely set for a relatively busy summer transfer window as he looks to push his side that little bit further to become title challengers once more. B/R UK's James McNicholas espoused the need for a new goalkeeper and a new holding midfielder:
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However, the Gunners may also look for some added creativity in attack, and recent reports suggest they could be in for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.
According to Metro's Jamie Sanderson, the talented 21-year-old is stalling in his contract talks with Bayer, a potential boost as Wenger looks to bring the Turkish player to the Emirates.
Wenger has a well-deserved reputation of improving young players at Arsenal and Calhanoglu could be a genuine star of the future, but he is reportedly valued at just under £20 million, per Sanderson.
He has bags of talent and impressed greatly on the European stage as he scored in Bayer's 1-0 last-16 first-leg victory over Atletico Madrid—they were eventually knocked out on penalties in the second leg—per German football expert Clark Whitney:
Arguably, though, Arsenal are not in desperate need of more attacking talent with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla having performed well so far this term.
The key area for Wenger in the summer will be at the back, with the keeper, defence and deep-lying midfield role areas in which they have been lacking for some time now.