Arsenal fans were dealt another blow today as it was reported that midfielder Tomas Rosicky is struggling with a muscle problem. The 34-year-old Czech Republic international has had a history of fitness problems throughout his career and stay in the UK.
The attacking midfielder joined Arsenal in in May 2006 from German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund for whom he had made 149 league appearances. Since joining the Gunners he has never played more than 28 Premier League games in a season with many injury lay offs but has still recorded 226 games in all competitions for the club. Rosicky has also earned 96 Czech Republic caps whilst scoring 22 goals for them and this is where he has picked up his latest knock.
Arsenal Rosicky told the media after missing his country’s 4-2 Euro 2016 qualification win over Kazakhstan: “I couldn’t do any sharp movements, I couldn’t sprint. If I tried to play at one tempo, I wouldn’t make any difference for the team. I’ll come back to London and we’ll see. The doctor said I have something swollen between the muscles.”
Arsene Wenger has had a disappointing international break as Mesut Ozil was ruled out for 12 weeks and Danny Welbeck hurt his ankle for England. Those injuries add to Arsenal’s long list of players out including Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby. Fans will be boosted however by the imminent Emirates return of Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry though who are back in full first team training.