Rosicky: We’re title contenders

Rosicky: We’re title contenders

If ever there was a day when Arsenal news was thin on the ground, it had to be today. And so it is this morning that you’ll find only the merest hint of anything Gunnerish in the papers. And believe me, I have looked. And looked. Had a cup of tea. Then looked again.

Then there it was. Mid-slurp on my second brew of the day, an interview with Tomas Rosicky in a the Islingston Gazette. Rosicky believes Arsenal are a match for the other top four teams this season and feels that the Gunners have ’started something good’ with their six-game winning run.
The weekly paper adds that Rosicky has made a tentative return to Arsenal’s first team after a 20- month injury nightmare that threatened his Arsenal future, and indeed his entire career.
But he has now come back into an Arsenal side that he feels is as full of potential as it was back in January 2008, when they were top of the table before injury struck the Czech Republic international.
“We are definitely as strong as the other teams,” says Rosicky defiantly when it is suggested Arsenal lack the strength in depth to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
“I think when you can see how many offensive players we have got, we have got so many options.
“[Andrey] Arshavin and [Theo] Walcott have only just come back from injury, I have come back, we have Carlos Vela who has played, Samir Nasri is on his way back too, so we just have so many options in attack.”
Elsewhere, you’ll find the odd mention that Aaron Ramsey scored for Wales in their World Cup 2-0 qualifier win against Liechtenstein and that Andrey Arshavin hit the net for Russia in their 1-1 draw Azerbaijan, while some of our rival websites carry tales of Arsenal being hot favourites to land midfielder Stephane Sessegnon if the player leaves Paris Saint-Germain in the future.
The 25-year-old has impressed for the French outfit since joining from Le Mans back in 2008 and Arsenal along with Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for him.
PSG managed to fight off interest in the player during the summer but a move could still happen in the future and Arsenal would be favourites to land him according to his agent Rudy Rabba.
“I was contacted this summer by England’s top clubs and some other clubs from Europe, like Spain. But Paris Saint-Germain wanted to keep him in the summer so they rejected,” he told Sport.co.uk.
“I think a transfer in January would be difficult because he will be playing for Benin in the African Cup of Nations, and therefore I cannot see an English club coming in and paying the money PSG want for the player.
“I think if he leaves France it will be for England. All the French and African players would love to play for Arsene Wenger.”
Be assured that normal service will be resumed tomorrow as the focus turns back to the Premier League and previews of the visit of Birmingham to the Emirates on Saturday.

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