Arsene Wenger today confirmed the club has decided to extend long-serving midfielder Tomáš Rosický's stay at Arsenal through at least the end of next season:
"...Wenger insisted the Czech Republic international remains integral to his plans for 2015-16 and the club have decided to trigger Rosicky’s one-year contract extension.
Asked if he expected Rosicky to stay, Wenger replied: "Yes. We have taken up the option."
While Rosický is most definitely the club elder, he still managed to feature in 23 matches in all competitions this season. He may not be the same impactful player he was at the peak of his career, but having him as reliable depth is certainly a commodity not worth losing.
Further, there's this little sub-plot in Rosický's contract extension that Wenger had to answer for today:
While the close relationship between rumoured Arsenal transfer target Petr Cech and Rosicky is rumoured to be a factor in the deal, Wenger was quick to dismiss the speculation.
"Tomas Rosicky is not involved in the transfer market at all, he will be with us next season and we do not use the players for that," the Arsenal boss said.
"Most of the time it is the players who want to join you who come in. Sometimes they might call each other, but we do not get the players to interfere with that."
Video from the press conference has yet to be posted, but I'm genuinely curious to see if Wenger flashed The Wenger Smile afterwards.
While there are more actors and interested people involved, moving from one club to another because of a close friend playing there isn't dissimilar to everyday life. I actively try to help friends out move into opportunities at my company if there's an opening. Not only do I want them to do well in a role I think they'd thrive in, but having them around at the office is certainly a bonus, as well.
Further, while Wenger might not explicitly ask his players to help transfer target recruitment, it's probably safe to say it's implicitly encouraged: