Arsenal are set to kick start their league season campaign in high after thrashing last season’s league champions Manchester City 3-0 at Wembley over the weekend to clinch the Community Shield trophy in what was a scintillating performance from Arsene Wenger’s men.
One man who featured for the Gunners in their victory over City and has equally been with Arsene Wenger and Arsenal through the thick and thin while speaking in an interview with the Independent insists he still owes Arsenal a lot since joining the club in 2006.
Part of that comes from the way that Rosicky was treated by Wenger over his injuries, in 2008 and then again when he came back injured from Euro 2012.
“I always wanted to come here because I always liked the type of football that Arsenal and Arsène Wenger wanted to play. When I was in Dortmund I was looking at it that I would like to play for Arsenal because of the philosophy of the club.”
“When my injury happened it was 18 months I didn’t play and they stuck with me. I am a person who does not forget how I am treated when something goes wrong. That is something which plays a big part in it. I want to pay everything back that I can.”
His high point last season was his goal against Tottenham that gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over their local rivals in March. He was also in the side for the 6-0 thumping at Stamford Bridge and a second half substitute in the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool.
For all the bounce that the signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina has given the club, it still does not feel that Arsenal have addressed their tendency to collapse. Or at least the way big teams have been able to expose Arsenal’s soft centre.
Rosicky concedes that there are concerns. “The aggression from Liverpool in that game was too much for us. We couldn’t cope with that. In the Chelsea game it was a bit different. We had the best chance of the game [early on]. We missed our chance, straight after they had a chance they scored and a second one. They had two chances and two immediate goals.”
“That is what we have to improve as well. Maybe the influence of Sanchez can help in this department. In these kind of games you cannot expect to get two or three chances for a goal. You get one chance and that is it. That is what Chelsea do very well in the big games in particular. There is a place for improvement in this department. Sometimes it is right what you are saying, sometimes not really. Sometimes we are overrun but I don’t agree with that completely.”
As for Rosicky himself, he will be part of the Czech team that has the Netherlands and Turkey in their Euro 2016 qualification group and has no plans to retire just yet. He is six caps short of his century and the third in the Czech Republic’s all-time list behind Karel Poborsky (118) and Petr Cech on 107.
Rosicky admits that it became more important for him now to reach 100 as the years passed since he made his international debut at 19. And now, more than ever he has the challenge to keep his place with Arsenal.
“When the boss bought me. He told me, ‘Yes, I have you in this position, and I also have [Cesc] Fabregas, [Jose Antonio] Reyes, Ljungberg. Now, the names are different but the situation is the same. This is a big club and there always will be great players you must fight for a place.”
“You know there will be good players and competition and I like that very much because it pushed you every day and you cannot take a week off in training.”
And can this Arsenal team of 2014 win the title? “Last season we were there [top] for a big period of time. We didn’t make it to the end. We had troubles at the end. We showed last season we are there and now we have some great new players. I think we will be up there at least. It’s our goal to win it.”
With Arsenal’s delighting start to the season over the weekend and Wenger still looking to add a few more player to his already star studded squad to give them dept and competition, one would help but think the “Morzarts” wish could all but come through this season to the sure delight of millions of Arsenal Fans all over the World.