Tomas Rosicky does not sound like he's thrilled to be an Arsenal player at the moment. And really, who can blame him? Shunted aside in the heartless way that professional athletes get shunted, in Rosicky's case to the great late-season form of Santi Cazorla, which, when combined with the continued Sanchezness of Alexis Sanchez, crowded the Czech out. Once that improvised lineup proved successful, it wasn't rotated much, so there Tomas sat, looking wistful. I assume.
Anyway, he spoke today about the club having picked up his option for next season, and he sounded...thrilled?
"Since Arsene Wenger took the option in my contract, I haven´t been even on the bench. I am laughing but it´s not funny. It´s frustrating but I am a professional. Even if you lose your place, you must be still prepared because the situation can change."
I mean, he seems to have as good of an attitude at being benched as one can, but it does have to be frustrating to all of a sudden not have a regular place in the side; players like Rosicky getting frustrated is the inevitable casualties of a really good team needing depth players. I like Tomas and hope he fights even harder for a spot now, because he's great to have around.
In another part of the conversation, Rosicky was asked about his compatriot Petr Cech and his hoped-for move to the Emirates. Despite his own frustrations, Tomas was very positive:
"I know about some things from both sides but I will not interfere. It could even turn against me. Both sides know what they are doing. Arsenal is a top world team. Players want to be transferred there, that is nothing new, it is a fantastic club."
That's positive, right? Well, sort of - it's neutral-to-good, I guess, but I do like that despite his own frustrations, he still calls Arsenal a "fantastic club" and reiterates that, no matter what the media would have you believe, players still want to play for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal.