Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to sign a contract extension that will see him stay at the club beyond the end of his current deal. The 33-year old is nearing the end of his current contract and there had been doubts with Betfair punters over whether the Czech Republic international would stay beyond this summer, but Wenger has made it clear he never thought about letting Rosicky leave despite Betfair offering odds on the midfielder leaving for a number of clubs.
Rosicky joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in 2006, going on to make over 150 appearances for the Gunners and establishing himself as an important part of Wenger’s team despite struggling with a number of injuries throughout his time in north London. Betfair fans might not be backing Arsenal for this season’s title, but players like Rosicky could still have a big say in how the Gunners do between now and the end of the season.
The Czech impressed as he stood in for the injured Mesut Ozil during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Sunderland, proving he still has a key role to play at the club despite his advancing years. The playmaker had been linked with a number of European clubs in recent months by Betfair fans, but Wenger has now revealed Rosicky will definitely be signing a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.
“Tomas Rosicky will stay. We have an agreement with him and it will come out soon,” said Wenger.
“I am absolutely adamant he has to stay at the club. He is maybe one of the players who plays the game of give and move. He is a great accelerator of the game.”
While there are certain areas of the Arsenal squad in which Wenger is desperately short, midfield isn’t one of them. But while Rosicky might not be the player he was five years ago, the experienced Czech star has proven he still has something to offer the club moving forward.
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