I'm one of Arsenal's fastest five players, I deserve to play more, says out of favour Tomas Rosicky

Rosicky Defends

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky says he deserves more chances at the club.

It is not just Lukas Podolski who is unhappy with his chances at Arsenal so far this season.

Joel Campbell patiently awaits an opportunity, while Tomas Rosicky has been almost entirely overlooked.

The Czech midfielder has made no starts in the Premier League, making three substitute appearances - totalling a paltry 20 minutes of football. In the Champions League it's been no better, two appearances and 34 minutes of action.

Rosicky is uncertain to be offered a new contract, and his lack of action suggests he may not be, yet the 34-year-old is fighting his corner and insists he is in good shape, and deserves more opportunities.

He is quoted in The Times: "I’m not in physical decline."

"When I played for the national team against Holland I ran 12 kilometres and according to the tests at Arsenal I’m in the top five in terms of speed.

“We are on good terms, so I do not really know what it is. It is purely a coach’s decision.

"It’s not my decline. My health is fine too. Of course I want to play, but there’s not much I can do about it.”

He appears resigned to a further lack of action, with Arsene Wenger preferring alternatives in midfield.

Arsenal under Wenger prefer not to offer extensions to players in their 30s unless they are part of the team on a regular basis. This time last year Rosicky was deemed important enough to get further opportunities, and made a total of 17 starts and 10 substitute appearances.

That's a total of 1,588 minutes of action in the Premier League, and this year he has just 20. Rosicky may well be advised to start making alternative plans for next season.

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