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Arsenal star disappointed with lack of first team action

Rosicky Defends

Tomas Rosicky has been frozen out of the Arsenal first team but is determined to fight for his place.

Tomas Rosicky has been the odd man out in the Arsenal midfield so far this season, but the Czech international is determined to fight for his place at the Emirates stadium.

With new arrival Alexis Sanchez taking a spot on the right of the Gunners' attacking midfield trio, and big names such as Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere competing for a place in the middle, Rosicky is yet to see any action in the Premier League this season.

But despite being the forgotten man so far in this campaign, the 33-year-old has vowed to take his chance when it is offered to him.

"The lack of match practice has been absolutely terrible and, naturally, it makes me very sorry that I haven't been given a chance yet," Rosicky is reported saying by SkySports.

“It is difficult mainly because you know that the potential of the team is elsewhere and we haven't done well so far. I think I could have helped but, unfortunately, I can't put myself on the pitch."

“All I can do now is to train properly and show that I'm prepared. And when the chance comes, to take it."

The midfielder stopped short, however, of saying he is looking to leave the club, and says manager Arsene Wenger has looked to assure him that he remains in first-team contention.

"He doesn't want me to leave Arsenal. Of course, this is not an easy situation for me.

"We will see what the situation looks like in the coming weeks and months, how it develops. I'm naturally disappointed not to have been given a chance but not panicking yet.

"The season is yet to get going, the Champions League will begin and it will be a roller-coaster of fixtures."

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