Backpage Roundup: Dortmund Want Rosicky Back, Hodgson Cool with Arsenal over Wilshere Injury, Vermaelen Not Worried, Szczesny Senior’s Outburst and More

Tomas Rosicky

 

Dortmund Want Rosicky Back

Frustrated Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky’s former club Borussia Dortmund want to sign him back, according to reports emerging from German press. (Metro)

Rosicky joined the Gunners from the Bundesliga outfit in 2006 but has failed to fully flourish in London due to his never-ending injury problems. As a result, he is not considered an integral part of the club’s first-team squad anymore, and he recently complained about his reduced game time.

Naturally, I would like to play more often, that’s for sure. I feel very well, the results in fitness tests were the same as they were in previous seasons when I played regularly. It’s the manager’s team and I fully respect his decisions. I cannot do anything else other than train properly and wait for a chance,” the 32-year-old said.

Rosicky spent his best footballing years in Dortmund before joining Arsenal, and speculation is rife that Die Schwarzgelben are willing to offer him a escape route, if he can accept a pay-as-you-play deal.

 

Hodgson Cool with Arsenal over Wilshere Absence

England manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his frustration at midfielder Jack Wilshere’s injury-induced unavailability for international duty but made it clear that it hasn’t resulted in any rifts with his club Arsenal.

An ankle injury means that Wilshere will miss the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, but is expected to be fit for the Gunners’ clash with Reading which will be played soon after the international break on March 30.

The timing of his injury and his anticipated return seems to benefit Arsenal, which led to suggestions that the Londoners might have faked it in order to give him some rest. But Hodgson believes that Wilshere’s injury is genuine and says he has no reason to believe otherwise.

He said: “He’s injured and that’s unfortunate. But that is part and parcel of life as a football coach. I have no evidence (Arsenal picked an international break for a rest). We are disappointed he isn’t with us because, on merit, he’d be picked and would play. But injuries occur.

“It would have been nice if he was here, but he isn’t. We concentrate on those who are here and I think we’ve got a lot of very good players in midfield and we’ll play with them. Club managers have got another job to do. That conflict is always going to be there, between club and national team, because people will want them to be there playing for them. But I don’t have any criticisms of them.

“But I am really surprised at how keen the England players are. It’s impossible to fault the attitude and willingness of this group to take anything on board that we’re putting their way. When they come to play for England, they behave in exactly the way you’d want them to.”

Vermaelen: ‘I Am Not Worried’

Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that his future at Arsenal is not in jeopardy but refused to further speak his mind over his recent benching by coach Arsene Wenger.

A series of poor defensive displays saw the Arsenal captain dropped for last Wednesday’s crucial 2-0 win over Bayern Munich and the same thing happened in last weekend’s defeat of Swansea City by the same scoreline.

The benching of the Belgian centre-half has led to speculation that the end of his Arsenal career is near but it seems the player himself is not reading too much into it.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Vermaelen said: “Of course I want to play every game. You play for a big club so you know that can happen and I have played a lot of games, and I am not out of the rhythm at the moment and I am not worried. I am working hard every day on the pitch to do well.”

When asked if the rumoured interest of Manchester City and Barcelona in acquiring his services is genuine, he replied: “Nothing I have heard so I can’t say anything about it.”

Szczesny Senior Blames Wenger for Son’s Poor Form

Wojciech Szczesny’s father Maciej Szczesny has launched a stinging criticism of Arsene Wenger and believes that the Arsenal manager is responsible for his son’s poor form this season.

Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy have quoted Szczesny senior as saying: “Wenger already started to look for the scapegoat. It is not the way the boss should behave. Wojciech has had two serious injuries. He played with one in April and May (last year). He shouldn’t have agreed to play that time, but the coach insisted.

“Wojciech did not train the whole week and then a warm up on Friday and played the match on Saturday. He was naturally more susceptible to minor injuries and his form was going down. Wenger was playing with the young man’s good health and Wojciech agreed foolishly.

“In my opinion Mr Wenger messed up a lot in April and May. I don’t blame the young man who went along with his coach, his current lack of form is a result of those two months. Then in August there was a foot (ankle) injury after which he played almost instantly. After seven weeks out Wojciech trained for just seven days and played the match. How on earth can he be on his highest form?”

“This last period has not been successful for Wojciech, the fact that Arsene Wenger did not take him to Munich shows something. However, I think my son can be the number one (Arsenal) keeper over 10 years, he just needs to come back to form and then a situation where we can stop to wonder who will stand between the posts.”

 

Cech ‘Can’t Even Imagine’ Playing For Arsenal

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says that there is no truth in media reports linking him with a shock summer move to London rivals Arsenal.

It was recently speculated that the Blues might be ready to sell the Czech gloveman in the summer in order to make way for Thibaut Courtouis, who has impressed immensely during his loan stint at Atletico Madrid. But Cech has totally rejected those reports and made it clear that he has no intention of donning the Gunners jersey ever.

In an interview with website isport.blesk.cz, he said: “It is an interesting piece of news but it is such speculation that I think it’s not even necessary to comment on it. I know of nothing, nobody has contacted me and, to be honest, I can’t even imagine it. I don’t even normally notice such rumours. But when it does get to me, I naturally look at it to know what to say about it later.

“There are players who do read newspapers. Some players read match reports to know what was written about them and where. I don’t do this, I don’t read newspapers because of such things. I don’t take rumours like this seriously.”

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