Things go from bad to worse for Arsenal duo Wojciech Szczesny and Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky V Blackburn

The Polish and Czech internationals respectively have both lost their place in their national team starting XI's after a lack of football at The Emirates.

This season has not exactly gone to plan for Wojciech Szczesny and Tomas Rosicky at Arsenal Football Club.

The Pole and the Czech have both had difficult campaigns which have been punctuated by poor form, injury problems and, now, a lack of first team football.

In regards to the injury problems this issue is certainly nothing new for the Czech Republic international Rosicky. His entire career has been fragmented by injury woes in particular during his tenure in North London. This season it has been the turn of his Achilles tendon; an injury he sustained at Euro 2012. It took the 32-year-old till December before he featured for The Gunners this season and has only featured in nine games since.

His injury problems have now seen him linked with a move away from The Emirates in the summer with former club Borussia Dortmund and Everton reportedly interested.

Szczesny has also battled with injury problems. At the start of the season his troubles with an ankle injury saw Vito Mannone keeping goal for The Gunners for much of the early season fixtures.

But since his return the Pole has been uninspiring with poor form eventually costing him his first team place when Lukasz Fabianski returned from a long-term injury.

So things have been pretty bad for the pair so far this season; but things just got worse.

While domestic issues may cloud their mind they both would at least have been looking forward to respite on international duty where they would be hoping to start for their respective nations.

That was not the case and to add insult to injury they both had to witness their nations being humbled in important home ties.

For Rosicky his recent lack of action meant he was started on the bench for the game with Denmark; manager Michal Bilek opting to go with Watford attacker Matej Vydra ahead of the Arsenal playmaker.

Rosicky was introduced after the hour in place of Petr Jiracek but it was to make no difference as Czech Republic fell to a 3-0 home defeat against the Danes.

As for Szczesny he had to watch from the bench once again as Southampton keeper Artur Boruc was preferred after his recent good form on the South Coast.

Poland were outplayed by Ukraine in a 3-1 defeat in Warsaw that left the Arsenal keeper cutting a frustrated figure on the home bench.

So if the two were hoping that the international break would be a time to get away from the troubles of their career they have been rudely awoken with this pair of results.

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