Could Tomas Rosicky change position at Arsenal?

Lukas Podolski could be out of action until Christmas with a hamstring problem.

That creates a real dilemma for Arsene Wenger over who to use down the left of the side and how to try and compensate for the absence of the German.

One player who could find himself with a regular opportunity to nail down a position down the left for the Gunners is Tomas Rosicky who could be forced out wide due to the arrival of Mesut Ozil.

Ozil’s transfer means that while Rosicky is a perfectly competent central midfielder, he may have to adapt and become extremely productive down the left hand side if he’s going to shine for the Gunners.

There is every chance he could play superbly down the left because his core attributes as a midfielder suggest he should be able to play in any position; he controls and uses possession well, plays simple passes and has a good understanding of space which is important for when the full back overlaps.

It’s a role that Rosicky does have some experience of already playing in Arsenal colours which means the boss shouldn’t have a problem leaving him in that wide area.

The 32-year-old should definitely show an urgency to fill that position for Wenger because it’s a great chance for him to prove that he deserves an extended contract before the end of the season.

He’s never shown any desire or urgency to leave the club since he joined which means if he can use this opportunity as a chance to prolong his Arsenal career, then he should snap it up.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also out injured, there is a real space and chance for Rosicky to nail down a midfield role, even if it is slightly different to the one he’s normally used to.

It also means Arsenal don’t have to change their overall shape and can still use Rosicky and Theo Walcott as interchanging wide players until Oxlade-Chamberlain and Podolski return to full fitness, while Santi Cazorla has been used out on the left also with regularity.

The only potential problem with leaving Rosicky in a wider role is that he does have a tendency to try and cut inside but that’s only because he’s spent the majority of his career as a centrally based player.

However, his lack of pace means he has to stick wider where he can be slightly more protected by the pace of a full back like Kieran Gibbs with the opportunity to stick forward when Arsenal build pressure.

Either way Rosicky is good enough to answer the call for Arsene Wenger and with both of his first choice wide men out of action, the Frenchman may have to put his faith in the Czech.

Can Rosicky do a job down the left and earn himself a new deal?

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