Tomas Rosicky…remember him? with all the youngsters popping out or the Emirates you might have forgotten that name, well your not really to be blamed since he hasn’t played for Arsenal since January 2008.
The Czech midfielder has endured a difficult spell out of the game with a combination of niggling injuries in his hamstring and knee tendons, which proved difficult to isolate and treat with surgery, and restricted Rosicky’s rehabilitation programme.
Rosicky – the Czech Republic captain nicknamed ‘Little Mozart’ – is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking players in Europe.
However, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man has made just 44 league appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side since arriving in 2006 for a paltry (considering his talents) £6.8million.
He resumed light training in May and has now rejoined the rest of the Arsenal first-team group as they prepare for the new campaign.
“According to my fitness coach Tony Colbert I could have been playing at the end of the (last) season as he thought my fitness was okay,” added the winger.
“I think it was obvious from the training that I was ready to play, if not for 90 minutes.
“But the club decided not to play me. They saw that I was okay, but maybe they just did not want to take the gamble. Until I play in a league match I will not be able to tell what my chances are, but when it comes to fitness alone I am in better shape than when I came to Arsenal.”