Speaking to SoccerNews, Arsenal veteran Rosicky has admitted his frustration at being rewarded with a new contract, and then hardly playing in the following months.
He said: “Since Arsene Wenger last month took up the option [to extend my deal], I have not played any minutes. I have not even sat on the bench at Arsenal. I am a professional and have to fight for my place, but this is very frustrating for me.”
The Czech international, who moved to the Gunners in 2006, has endured something of a torrid time since his move to the Emirates. Injury has stalled his career somewhat, but he still has made 245 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s men, impressing with his technical play and vision in the attacking midfield position.
In the 2014/15 season, the 34-year-old made 24 appearances, but he only started five Premier League games, and found himself out of the first-team fold following Wenger’s decision to renew his contract for another year.
Rosicky had a clause in his existing contract which allowed for a one-year renewal, and although he is fondly thought of at Arsenal, and clearly loves the club, he could still be playing consistent top level football with his talents, and he is frustrated with the lack of action he is getting.
With the 24 appearances he made last season, it is likely that he will make even fewer next term for the Gunners, and Rosicky will clearly be disappointed if reduced to an even more outcast role than he currently endures.