Just how good was Tomas Rosicky? It’s more of a question of ‘just how good Tomas Rosicky could have been?’
The little Mozart joined the club in 2006 from German club Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. The then 25 year old had been excellent in the Bundesliga and the Arsenal fans could not wait to see him in action.
He won two FA Cups while at the club and made 246 appearances scoring 28 times for the Gunners and created many more for his teammates.
But Rosicky was not just all about goals and assists. When he played he gave the midfield energy. He would give his all from the moment he was on the pitch until the final whistle. A player blessed with a great football brain, his intelligence and vision on the pitch were a joy to behold and the team responded to him.
When Rosicky was on the pitch you always felt something would happen. He had the ability to make something out of nothing. The Czech Republic international was loved by the fans and still is.
Unfortunately for Rosicky he found himself injured almost year after year. To say Rosicky was unlucky with injuries would be an understatement. The fans would welcome him back every time, hoping that he would be able to stay fit only for another injury to side line the midfielder.
Which brings us back to the question, ‘just how good could Tomas Rosicky of been?’
Without a doubt when Rosicky played he made the team tick, he was a great team player, who would always put the team first. He was a player with fantastic ability and his ball retention was second to none. Give Rosicky the ball and he would be able to take the team from defence to attack with a swivel of his hips in the midfield and a burst of pace forward.
The beauty of Rosicky, that endeared him to the Arsenal faithful, was not just his goals against Tottenham. It was his willingness to put in a tackle, to track back, and to close down the opposition. A player who would sweat for the club in every game he played.
Rosicky had the ability to become one of the Arsenal greats and how the club could have benefited from a fit Tomas Rosicky each season. You wonder how much of a difference he would of made, in my opinion so much.
When Rosicky eventually left the club in 2016 it was a sad day for every Arsenal supporter. Not only sad because he was leaving but sad of what might have been for a player with ability in abundance.
How the club could do with one or two Tomas Rosicky types in the team today, who love the club and want to play for the club. Who give their all, and who won’t stop running for every minute they are on the pitch.
An all-round midfielder, with balance, organisation and fantastic technical skill.
A great player and a loved character, the Little Mozart will always be cherished.