Why Arsenal must offer Rosicky a new contract ASAP

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Tomas Rosicky is one of Arsenal's players whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger may be delaying a decision over extending his own contract, but when it comes to midfielder Tomas Rosicky he should make an extra effort to move a little hastier.

The Czech international has had his injury problems since arriving in 2006, but has repeatedly shown himself to be a dependable and dynamic squad member when called upon.

That was certainly the case at the end of last season when he played a crucial role in Arsenal's late surge to claim fourth place, and when fit this season he has too been a vital cog in the club's midfield.

It could be argued that allowing Rosicky to move on would allow him to play more regularly, but what is clear is that his body is not up to the demands of playing week-in week-out, and a role as a squad member at the Gunners suits him well.

A young prospect like Thomas Eisfeld could consider it a good thing if a player he once described as his idol, moves aside, clearing his path to the first team - but the onus should be on the German to dislodge Rosicky on merit in the first place.

Rosicky provides important experience to Arsenal, he is currently the club's oldest player at 33. 

When it comes to challenging for honours and winning when it matters, Rosicky is the type of player who will not let Arsenal down, and would help calm any over-exuberance among his younger teammates.

In three starts and two substitute appearances, Rosicky has created nine goalscoring opportunities for his teammates this season, an illustration of the game-changing abilities he possesses.

The Czech is one player the Gunners could regret allowing to walk out the door on a free transfer, and they should act as soon as possible to ensure his future is tied down at the Emirates for another season.

Do you agree? Should Rosicky get a new deal?

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