Arsenal midfield starter v Chelsea: 'I'm tempted by another league'

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky says he is tempted to move to Major League Soccer if his time at the Gunners comes to an end.

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky is a frequent name on the Arsenal teamsheet when it comes to big games, a go-to player Arsene Wenger can trust.

Picked from the start in last night's crucial Premier League encounter with Chelsea, the Czech international turned in a typically reliable display.

Despite his value in the Arsenal squad, and he is the oldest player currently on the books at the club, his future remains unclear with his contract running down.

He has dismissed suggestions he needed to play in 25 games to qualify for a new deal, but for what it's worth last night was his 15th of the season so far.

And the 33-year-old is keen to stay at Arsenal, and hopes to sort his future out in the next few weeks, but considering his options just in case.

He told Czech outlet "I'd like to end it here at Arsenal. It 's something that I have voiced many times. If I leave though, I'm tempted to play in the United States. The level of football is on the rise there and are interested in trying a different style of life. 

"By that, I'm not ruling out a return to Sparta Prague, though."

Rosicky has no goals and one assist this season, but he is Arsenal's joint fourth most creative player when judged on a key passes per game ratio, his 1.4 average better than Olivier Giroud's 1.3.

However his pass completion accuracy is only the 16th best in the Gunners squad, 14th best tackler and 12th when it comes to interceptions.

His time at Arsenal could be phased out soon, but it would only be so if Arsene Wenger is convinced youngsters like Thomas Eisfeld are ready to step up into his place, otherwise we'd probably bet on him being granted a one-year extension.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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