6 dribbles, 90 touches, and Arsene Wenger is raving about Arsenal star Rosicky's display

Rosicky Defends

Arsene Wenger had positive comments to make about Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky.

Tomas Rosicky had an outstanding game for Arsenal in the FA Cup, and won extraordinary praise from boss Arsene Wenger.

The Czech international controlled the game from midfield, providing an assist and scoring an outstanding volley which proved decisive in the 3-2 victory away at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Rosicky touched the ball 90 times in the win, more than any other player on the pitch barring the excellent duo of Aaron Ramsey (122) and Mesut Ozil (93).

Arsene Wenger told Arsenal.com: "He was wonderful. A player we all love. If you love football, you love Rosicky.

"On top of that he’s a fantastic character, scored and I’m very pleased for him."

Rosicky completed more dribbles during the match (6) than the entire Brighton starting XI managed, five in total, with one of their substitutes later completing two.

The Arsenal veteran was excellent, recording a pass completion rate of 87 per cent, and creating three goalscoring chances, a figure matched only by Ozil. 

Rosicky is now 34-years-old, and no decision has currently been reached on extending his contract which expires at the end of the season. He has started just three Premier League games, but his display, and performances at the end of December, have shown that once again he may play an important part in the second half of the season.

If he is happy to stick around for another year, and accept similarly limited opportunities, Arsenal would be wise to tie him down for when he is in form like at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, he can bring out the best in his fellow teammates.

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